Gauteng dept intervenes to stop demolition

2013-05-08 11:53
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Johannesburg - The Gauteng housing department intervened to stop the demolition of a house on a plot in the Vaal on Wednesday.

Part of the house, in Aloe Ridge, was demolished on Tuesday, even though a family was still living there, said department spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

"The family has lived here for the past 10 years after a representative of the owner told them to [protect] the property against possible vandalism," he said.

"It is in the manner that this process was carried out that concerned us. The family says it has never received a notice from the owner or anyone to vacate the property."

Motlhaolwa said the department was contacted for help on Monday.

Eugene Meyer said he and his wife Maria Mangali and their four children had to sleep in the cold on Tuesday night because the roof and windows were gone.

"I have never seen these people before in my life and have never received a notice or telephone call to vacate the property," he said.

Motlhaolwa said the department had halted further demolition and had asked to speak to the owner or his representative to resolve the matter.

"In the meantime, help is being sought to help the family with suitable accommodation."
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