Illegal occupation an old problem - MEC

2012-11-13 16:38

Johannesburg - The illegal occupation and erecting of houses on private or state-owned land is an old provincial problem, Gauteng Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said on Tuesday.

In dealing with the matter, the department had to act decisively and specifically root out corruption within municipalities, she told reporters in Johannesburg.

The MEC said the aim was to tackle syndicates responsible for illegally selling land, as was the case in Lenasia, south of the city.

Mekgwe said the demolishing of illegally erected houses in Lenasia last week was necessary to curb a problem affecting municipalities across Gauteng.

The department was not seeking to prevent home ownership. At the same time, it could not afford to develop areas according to the sporadic erection of informal settlements.

She said this would affect the budgets set for development by the municipalities.

No families were left displaced because of last week's demolitions, the MEC said. Only unoccupied houses were torn down.

Mekgwe urged people to educate themselves to avoid being defrauded people selling land illegally.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-13 16:55

    "No families were left displaced because of last week's demolitions, the MEC said. Only unoccupied houses were torn down." That is not what was reported last week. Last week at least one woman was reported to have been dragged from her home before it was demolished. The government should have dealt decisively with this problem when it first surfaced in 2006. But it seems that the ride on the gravy train was far more lucrative than dealing with corruption and fraud. Now those that originally scammed these people have long since gone and so has the money. All the anc problems are old. They don't deal with problems, they ignore them.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-13 17:10

      When the first squatter shack went up in the RSA the problem started... now is a bit late to address illegal land occupation. All shacks should also be torn down as they are also "illegal" but that would unseat the ANC.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-11-13 17:08

    "and specifically root out corruption within municipalities" The whole bunch of you are corrupt that's the problem.

      steward.debruin - 2012-11-13 17:48

      I heard we should stop calling them corrupt. A much better word would be "morally challenged". What you think?

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-14 06:48

      @steward.debruin - NO, CORRUPT is what they are, if they don't like it they know what NOT to do. Calling them "morally challenged" puts too nice a spin on it - would probably encourage the looters!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-13 17:08

    Wow, and you are able to remember that your generation actually started it way back. What a brain flash, now you are entitled to the rest of the year off for these inspiring words of wisdom

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 17:15

    Perhaps, but the intelligent solution is to act immediately and nip the informal occupation in the bud, not leave it to reach such an advanced stage where people will be left out on the street dimwit after their dwellings are obliterated. Time the ANC learned that ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away, you actually have to act and do something. Prevention !!!!!!!!!!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-13 17:18

    Illegal occupation is an" old problem" and YOU are still using "OLD" mthods to deal with the problem,who cares if the houses were empty, they were at work trying to get money to live, and dont tell me they were not. You are a cowardly person.

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-11-13 17:20

    So Mrs Mec is acting desicively and dealing with corruption has got anything to do with demolishing houses? If you say illegal occupation is an old thing what do you mean? When people are illegally occupying land and houses do we have to leave it and say its an old thing and instead of dealing with the root of the issue you take short cuts? When you say the land belongs to the government, who is government? What kind of christmas tree are you going to erect there (as per Anele Mda)? The people of South Africa will show you in 2014 by boycotting elections as some have started.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-13 17:48

      Don't boycott the elections - the very least you (disgruntled anc supporters) should do, is either vote for another party or spoil the voting ballot. Only this action will send the anc a clear message. The last 18 odd years of anc lies and promises should have taught you something .... If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 17:23

    And MEC, if this was happening 25 years back under the apartheid government, you and yours would be out in the streets protesting, throwing rocks and burning things. Funny how it's now somehow justified when the ANC is in government.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-13 18:13

      U cant say that again. This mec is so clue less, she wasnt there when people where killed fighting for freedom. But her days are so numbered in the train of gravy.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-11-13 17:26

    The government was suppose to look other alternative to get the land's money not to demolish their houses. Because the built of those houses was the corruption of it workers.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-11-13 17:54

    Neva not here! it must be a joke maybe in Europe or Asia..

  • Jay Mondlana - 2012-11-13 17:58

    The department must first educate the corrupt officials. If that area was occupied by people who build shacks NO demolition was going to occur, instead they were going to campaign there and promise them houses if they vote.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-13 18:19

    So nothing has changed, except now things are justified, but not before. How terribly pathetic!

  • matthews.magodiela - 2012-11-13 18:26

    This is a disgrace. ANC is promoting government dependancy because they are saying the land is reserved for RDP houses. People only need land to build their own houses but the ANC chooses to demolish those houses and build RDP houses and allocate those houses to foreigners. Realy this is very disturbing. The ANC has declared war with its own masses.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-13 18:33

      Built by their buddies, no doubt!

  • Erna - 2012-11-13 18:41

    Why are they so adament to do something about this 'land grab' in Lenasia? In Pretoria several unsightly informal settlements are flourishing in the suburbs much to the annoyment of many legal residents. However, local government say that there is nothing they can do! So they can't get rid of ugly shacks but are perfectly OK with demolishing cement and brick houses that cost a whole lot more to erect. Doesn't make sense.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-13 19:20

    My advice to my fellow South Africans. Learn that there s no shortcut in life. Especially in the world we leave in today were fraud and corruption are always the headlines. Be accountable in whatever you do. You need a stand, you know where to go, a car you no where to go. Try to research a little bit and be sure that what said is true or not to avoid this kind of situations.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-13 20:57

    As South Africans we tend to have some problems because government is doing enough to house its citizens by building rdp houses and yet same people are the one because of love of money then sell their houses or stands to foreigners and go to squaters again to start applying for another house or stand while he or she sold the one given to him or her, so some problems are caused by citizens of this country for being ignorant and greedy.

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