City of Johannesburg evicts NGOs

2012-07-04 18:16

Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg evicted NGOs occupying the Braam Fischer Towers building in the city centre on Wednesday, City spokesman Nkosinathi Nkabinde said.

Members of the private security company, the Red Ants, removed the NGOs possessions without any problems.

"Although we are waiting for a feedback report from the Red Ants, we never received any reports of violence or resistance from those evicted during the day," Nkabinde said.

Evictions were also scheduled at the Nedbank Mall Building in Commissioner Street this week.

Nkabinde said the two privately owned buildings were sub-let to the NGOs through the city's Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) in 2009.

The lease agreements ended last September and November.

The accommodated organisations refused to vacate the building, instead occupying it illegally.

Nkabinde said the NGOs were notified in April 2011 that the lease was about to expire.

"Following an unsuccessful court battle to legitimise their illegal occupancy, the NGOs were ordered to vacate the office space on 30 June 2012," he said.