Lenasia: Groups join forces with SAHRC

2012-11-14 21:41

Johannesburg - A number of interested parties have thrown their weight behind the SA Human Rights Commission's attempt to stop the demolition of more houses in Lenasia, Johannesburg, the commission said on Wednesday.

Speaking outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the group included banks, property developers, non-governmental organisations, and the provincial SA Communist Party.

SAHRC lawyers were meant to submit affidavits on Wednesday, after the court granted an urgent application forcing the department to stop with demolitions.

Last week the Gauteng local government and housing department tore down about 50 houses built illegally on government land.

Over 100 houses were supposed to be destroyed on Monday, but the interdict put a stop to this.

The department maintained it was acting within the law and that residents were warned not to build on the plots, as the land had been chosen for government housing.

On Monday, residents blockaded roads leading into Lenasia with rocks and burning tyres.

The case continues on Thursday.

  • ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-14 22:03

    Twinkle twinkle.....

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-14 22:05

    What happens now if a Bond is still outstanding on one of these houses destroyed by the dept.??

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-15 07:52

      Well bank doesnt really care about that,they want their money

  • francoisjacques.malan - 2012-11-14 22:28

    They break down other people's houses just after they spent R1.4 billion on their own houses, using MY money! How can these parasites of society live with themselves?!

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-15 06:57

    Demolition of houses is wrong but c'mon people invading land illegally is wrong and you must face the consequences otherwise anarchy will be at the order of the day. The SaHRC is facilitating anarchist behaviour.they're spotlight seekers!!!

      mmonaledi - 2012-11-15 11:56

      Fair enough, but couldn't they have reached a common ground. Around 200 home were planned to be demolished... Are you ready as a government to deal with homelessness? Clearly Government for and by the people is a thing of the past. Is there a point to demolish houses in order to build houses on that land, really???

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-15 14:44


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