ANCWL slams Johannesburg demolitions

2012-11-12 16:07

Johannesburg - The demolishing of houses illegally erected on land owned by the City of Johannesburg cannot be justified in a humane society, the ANC Woman's League said on Monday.

"[We] believe, despite the legal processes undertaken, a more humane solution needs to be found to deal with the situation," spokesperson Troy Martens said.

The women of the African National Congress said reducing people's homes to rubble and leaving them homeless was cruel, even though the Gauteng government said all legal processes had been followed.

Last Thursday and Friday, the local government and housing department tore down about 50 houses in Lenasia.
The owners of the houses that were destroyed had bought the land from swindlers who gave buyers fraudulent deeds of sale.


The department said it had warned people not to purchase or build on the land, but these warnings were apparently ignored.

Earlier on Monday, the SA Human Rights Commission secured an urgent application to have the demolitions halted.
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg instructed the department to halt further demolitions for at least 24 hours.

Martens said the league would meet with representatives from the SAHRC and support them in preventing further demolitions.

The Inkatha Freedom Party in Gauteng condemned the actions of the department and called on the Hawks to investigate.

"We do not condone the invasion of land, we however remain opposed to it, and we are calling on the authorities to act swiftly against land invaders," IFP caucus leader Bonginkosi Dhlamini said in a statement.

Roads blocked

The party said the matter could be resolved without having to demolish all the houses. The Ecological Movement of SA said the illegal sale of the land was immaterial as families were acting within their constitutional rights.

"How can the Gauteng government claim to be sending a strong message by demolishing houses? Instead, they should be finding ways of ensuring that those who are already there pay services and other necessary fees," spokesperson Teboho Mashota said.

On Monday morning, residents in Lenasia blocked the road leading into area with rocks and burning tyres.
The road was later re-opened and police were monitoring the situation.

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-11-12 16:13

    I am struggling to understand this, I thought the ANC was supposed to be providing housing not knocking them down, or am I being a bit doff ?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-12 16:24

      The humane thing to do would be to put down the ANCWL...

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-12 16:54

      They only opened there fat mouth after the courts put a stop to in. Too late you old bags

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-11-12 17:29

      For now you're not doff, but you will be if you continue electing people who do not care about your wellbeing. You will be more than doff if you do not encourage people around you about the importance of participating in elections, where they will vote for capable, non-corrupt-greedy fulltime politicians whose intentions are to give services to all citizens. Graic you are not doff, some of us who have been following ANC, did not listen to Mbeki when he said this leadership will take us back to dark ages.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-12 17:33

      The anc cannot build, they can only break.

      sheda.habib - 2012-11-12 17:51

      You guys are missing the point. This is one of the few times I stand behind the ANC. People need to learn that - you cannot build a house on land that you do not own - you cannot build a house without plans & council approval - when council tells you that your vacant land does not belong to you you cannot lift your middle finger at them and build on it anyway - the DA did it in Cape Town and I support the ANC in Gauteng THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST THE DEMOLITION ARE SUPPORTING ANARCHY OR SEEKING POLITICAL POINTS.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-12 16:18

    Whoever Instructed these demolishing SHOULD be ashamed of Him/Herself!

  • jbooyse - 2012-11-12 16:20

    What I cant understand is that we allow our President to spend R250+mil on the "upgrading" for his mansion and another R1.5bil on a bloody road to it... That money could surely have been put to better use !!! I am sure that the money could have paid for housing, service delivery for the evicted people !!! But ja... The rich get richer and the poor get the picture...

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-12 16:24

      what do you suggest they should have done?

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-12 19:13

      guessed as much, doesn't know. come on guys, criticise when due, but surely when following the correct process it should be applauded? The owners deliberately ignored all notifications that their land purchases and subsequent buildings were illegal, then cry fowl when the law gets applied.

  • trevorlbennett - 2012-11-12 16:21

    Is the ANCWL gonna take it to the streets and march to Luthuli House to complain about the GP ANC Housing Dept? As they always march when some other party does something to or when someone does something on their beloved leaders?

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-11-12 16:22

    this was suppose to be done by anc is cape town to shooting themselves in the foot

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-11-12 16:34

    ANCYL "slams" this and "slams" that. Why don't you all just slam your faces into a brick wall?

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-12 16:39

      actually, it was the ANCWL. But it would be nice if the ANCYL offed themselves.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-11-12 16:42

    How many informal settlements were later approved to be formal residential areas in SA.What's different about this case.I think the working class is not regarded cause the ANC knows that they don't get their votes,hence this treatment,they've been shown the middle finger,and the don't even qualify for RDP houses#sad

  • Carlton - 2012-11-12 16:45

    The ANC is racist against black people why dont they demolish Blades house racist ANC racist continuing 500 years of indignity lol... Imagine if it was done in Cape Town, the ANC will milk it till Jesus da la Vega Hernandez finally comes to immigrate to SA

  • ezekiel.dunkie - 2012-11-12 16:57

    Imagine if this was in cape town. Anc. Sacp. Ancyl . Ancwl nose

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-11-12 16:59

    I have been on the opinion that housing department is only second to health when it comes to incompetance. And the counsellors are not making the situation better either. And our people are just caught in the middle. Fact is; tokyo segwale is not ministerial material after all.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-12 17:42

      Where is the guy anyway?????

  • Jacques - 2012-11-12 17:05

    What I want to know now, is this: will we also see musicals, poetry, posters and remembrance days as with district 6? Or is it okay if black people sign the papers that cause thing like this? #justsayng

  • ikchikafu - 2012-11-12 17:13

    Sickening to note that these guys demolished proper structures built of brick, but instead live shacks spiralling out of control on state land , and these are never demolished.The housing backlog is embarrassing to even mention, and yet those who chose to build are made to suffer and yet their doing the government a favour by not waiting for RDP's that are not human worthy. Nxxxx, this is a disgrace by this city

      vicki.malatse - 2012-11-12 19:14

      They want people to live in slumps

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-12 17:28

    So refreshing coming from the ladies. Finally, you have removed your heads from the sand where they were buried when 51 homes were razed to the ground. How rich of you to finally found the voice. Congratulations, well done! Just moments after HRC has applied for interdict our ladies emerged with a voice. Man you very interesting. Then go home and do forget those whose homes were demolished after they had paid thousands of rands for the land to a thief from the Gauteng Housing Department. Who would forget the sight of that woman who at one stage tried to block the bulldozers with her hands crying hysterically. Anyway it is said that the land is earmarked for housing then why demolished the houses already built? Shame on you! Go on and built RDP houses which has an expiry date of three months, and then they start falling.

  • tnodwele - 2012-11-12 17:31

    I have never seen something like this even during the apartheid government. They were not even ashamed to say the offence these people committed was to build on the land of the government. It is obvious most of these people did not know that because they bought the land from somebody. I have now come to realize that we are governed by real criminals who do not care for human beings because there are many solutions they could have considered before they resorted to this evil deed.

      hein.huyser - 2012-11-13 06:58

      The problem is that government property were built upon. If this land was in private hands, the anc would encourage people to build on it. Something wrong with this gov.

  • thony.thulo - 2012-11-12 17:37

    This is inhumane,cruel,heartless and deserve to be condemned.The goverment cannot destroy people's houses and furniture.We call on the Premier,to intervene and stop this madness

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-11-12 17:59

    What is happening at Lenasia is really sad and nothing can justify what the government is doing. Demolishing houses like that and leaving families with no where to go and what about the kids who are left homeless? Other measures can be used to find a solution to this but what is happening is really heartless and despicable just like our government. Who is supposed to protect the people when the very government is treating us like dogs.

  • fraserjessie - 2012-11-12 18:47

    If this horrible, cruel action had been taken by the apartheid regime it would possibly have made it to the UN. Now there are some objections but Pres Zuma is strangely silent. This is not a government of the people.

  • reubs.ngcengce - 2012-11-12 20:48

    Blithe municipality gave them electric and possible if they know tht it's an illegal stay. Diminishing people's houses is EXTREMELY evil and throws away families in the streets :-( :-( :-(

  • hein.huyser - 2012-11-13 06:51

    WL, you have lost your voice when you endorsed a person up for rape. Go sit in the corner and collect your inflated sallaries. This could've been prevented if you helped stop the chief criminal in this country, telling, by example, that woman must be dehumanised and crime, if justified, is OK.W

  • lekekesteve.mangena - 2012-11-14 09:15

    its very sad to our black pple who r always the victims in this world of suffering, you vote for black pple things remain the same, u even killed, evicted, unemployed, and homeless because of the rulling party. i hope 2014 will be helpfull to the nation in electing good government.

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