Halt on Lenasia demolitions welcomed

2012-11-24 16:00

Johannesburg - An order by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that has again halted the demolition of houses in Lenasia, was welcomed by the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday.

"Sanco is pleased that the court has ruled in favour of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) by stopping any further demolition of houses by Gauteng government in greater Lenasia," said deputy president Lemias Mashile in a statement.

"This brings a relief to the poor and working class in Lenasia."

Mashile said poor people should not have their homes destroyed without being consulted, in spite of any wrongdoing on their part. On Friday, Judge Phineas Mojape allowed the Gauteng housing department and the SAHRC to try and reach an out-of-court agreement.

He granted an indefinite postponement for this to happen, which meant that demolitions of houses illegally built on government land would also stop for now. Mashile said the organisation would call for people whose homes were torn down to be compensated by the department.

"We will also persuade the Gauteng provincial department of housing to immediately transfer all [disputed] residential land to respective municipalities," he said.

"We will urge the law and enforcement agencies to pursue the corrupt state officials who assisted the conmen to defraud [the] state."

The department of local governance and housing tore down houses illegally built on land owned by government.

It said it warned residents not to build on the land, secured for government houses, but this warning was apparently ignored.

The department maintained it demolished the houses within the lines of the law.

The SAHRC took the department to court, calling for a halt to the demolitions so that it could investigate whether any human rights were being infringed on.

  • douglas.theron - 2012-11-24 16:45

    Suppose now they will thank malema dam sheep

      tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-11-25 03:12

      Yes they will he did a good job

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-24 16:55

    The state officials, the conmes, the banks that gave the loans, and the building inspectors must all be scrutinized and 'face the music'!

  • Kgosietsile Kgosi - 2012-11-24 17:24

    I applause and taking off a hat for Malema, SAHRC and a Good Judge to halt the demolitions for innocent residents of Lenasia, if they didn't intervene or else they where going to see small Marikana activities!!!

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-11-25 03:19

    This wasa just uncalled for, how do u demolish houses for the poor people, am sure it took them years to save money for them to build those house. Government is also at fault they should have demolished them while they were still @ foundation phase not after all that expenditure was incurred by the poor black people. Yerr some government officials are so unhuman. Then you expect us to vote when you are doing thi, yeses where is batho pele principles.tjoooo

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