Leaders urged to resolve Lenasia 'crisis'

2012-11-10 22:12

Johannesburg - Political leaders must resolve the house demolition crisis in Lenasia, SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Saturday.

"We believe that the people of Lenasia have elected their political leaders who are supposed to be living among them...," Sanco's deputy president Lemias Mashile said in a statement.

"We therefore call for an immediate stoppage of the destruction of these houses in Lenasia and an immediate start of engagement of the political leaders with the community and its leaders."

Thirty-seven houses were demolished on Thursday and another 14 a day later by the Gauteng housing department.

At least 113 houses had been identified for destruction as they were illegally built on land intended for government houses.

Department's spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa said an investigation had found that fraudsters sold plots of land for amounts ranging from R2500 to R95,000.

Buyers were issued with fraudulent deeds of sale which bore the department's official logo.

The remaining houses were yet to be demolished, said Motlhaolwa.

  • pws69 - 2012-11-10 22:19

    So, Home Affairs deals with internal corruption by punishing the VICTIMS of that corruption? We have all seen that it is corrupt Home Affairs officials and ANC councillors involved in this corruption on Carte Blanche, so it is not as if they do not know. How could a councillor NOT report the building of ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN houses on government land if they were not involved?

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-11 00:38

      So much corruption and crime at government level goes unnoticed, this is just a similar case, unfortunately these people are now paying the price... and come 2014 they will vote for the same party.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-11-11 01:13

      Home affairs?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-11 08:37

      Leaders urged to resolve Lenasia 'crisis' What a joke, They cant resolve there "own" crisis

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-11 09:53

      Because they are lead by the most corrupted useless tax thief Jacob "Compound" Zumu .

  • eloise.botha - 2012-11-10 22:31

    So, so sad

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-11-10 23:10

    Houses only build for Zuma and his merry men, maybe they can move in with him??

  • nel.westhuizen - 2012-11-10 23:22

    What leaders?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-10 23:47

    If this government had proper urban planning and leadership, people would not be allowed to erect homes where they want to. These people should have been stopped before they started building. Now they treat them like dirt and break down their homes. Sorry you voted for this pathetic government.

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-11 00:14

    This can only happen if there is no law and order. Bet non of these houses had proper approved plans, which should have rung alarm bells.

  • boitumelo.matshediso.98 - 2012-11-11 03:38

    I never thought i'll see the day were people's properties will be demolished by(under) a democratic goverment.These innocent people were fraudulently sold the land by their employees.They don't give a damn about the money spent or where these people are going to stay all they care about is the land they claim to be theirs.By they,how or who did they buy from?.what happend to land redistribution?.As for SANCO,you became useless the minute you aligned yourself with the ANC,where are u when people's houses are destroyed by the goverment they voted into power.

  • Shane Prins - 2012-11-11 03:50

    these anc thugs really have no compassion. ah well, come 2014, guess who will win this ward??

  • Jorgylyn - 2012-11-11 05:12

    This pictures make me CRY... I'm sure it makes Zuma laugh !!!! sad state of affairs...

  • Gifted - 2012-11-11 05:40

    DA: Lenasia is up for grabs...

  • brett.nel.5 - 2012-11-11 07:38

    The irony is that these houses are being torn down, because the land was INTENDED for government houses! Feel so sorry for some people in our country who are bullied by the leaders they put their faith (vote) in. When will it change?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-11 07:49

    When people call for leaders they nowhere to be found!!! They are only seen and heard when it suits them!! Tokyo sort this nonsense out if the Govt wanted to build houses on their land they wouldve done so long ago, but they just hold on to land waiting for what??!!! This is not the first that officials are found to be corrupt in the housing dept there are many incomplete houses standing all over SA with nothing being done!!! Gosh we have a useless Govt!!!

  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-11 08:01

    Seeing that woman crying with a baby on her back is heartbreaking!! what if that's my mom caring me and our home is about to be destroyed truelly a bad situation to find yourself in.Gauteng has a big housing problem given that in many townships the is no single formal house withought a backyard shack people when are desperatly looking they settle for anything that's what led to the lenasia case.....

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-11 08:12

    Surely it should have been noted that building operations were happening when the foundations were laid! What about building inspectors - did they not know that builing on that site was illegal? There are too many unknowns and the homes should be left till a solution can be found and those responsible for selling the property are brought to book. If this area was set aside for low cost housing why couldn't these homes have been incorporated into the plans and a penalty paid by these home owners.

      eugene.trollip - 2012-11-11 08:48

      My thoughts exacly Marilyn. These were not shacks that were erected overnight, some of them even had electrical meter boxes built into the boundary walls. These were well built houses. I don't know the history, but surely there could have been another solution to this problem? It is hardbreaking to see good houses destroyed like this. How do you establish an etire township of 113+ dwellings without anyone noticing? I am sure these houses could have been "legalised".It is a disgrace.

  • luytster - 2012-11-11 10:14

    So these rouges that sold this land were state employees and are now in jail and their victims are now homeless. Simple solution is to seize these rouges pension funds to reimburse their victims and to leave them penniless when they get out of jail. If i was the supreme leader i would subject each and every person who gets their pay from the citizens to a yearly lie detector test and dismiss them straight away if they show any reaction to the questions. And have their pensions confiscated. Basterds!!!!!!!!

  • victor.mahasha - 2012-11-11 10:36

    Gov obviously does not care about the citizen of SA, how can they demolish those houses instead of finding their corrupt officials who sold the land, people of SA 2014 elections make right choice.

  • michael.vanwyk.33 - 2012-11-11 10:41

    When u have people living on yr property u can't evict them b4giving them time2find alternative accomodation.Now i wonder if the constitution do not apply2the government as well.

      JamesMWood - 2012-11-11 11:35

      Didn't you know, the ANCant dic tators can do whatever they please, its only the law abiding citizens that can't do that.

  • Zahir - 2012-11-11 13:19

    A very cruel evil anc govt is now in control making people homeless reminds me of apartheid forced evictions

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-11 14:11

    Yep, keep following your leaders. All the way to doom.

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