Lenasia woman hysterical over demolition

2012-11-09 13:03

Johannesburg - A Lenasia woman cried hysterically as her house was about to be demolished on Friday.

Three bulldozers waited on the street next to her house, escorted by three police Nyalas (armoured vehicles) and other police vehicles.

The woman, carrying a small child, was refusing to leave the incomplete house so police went in and dragged her out.

Her neighbour ran over and tried to stop the bulldozer. She stood in front of it, pressing her hands against it to prevent it from going forward.

The other woman cried: "Please, please, please, don't do it".

The house is one of 113 houses in the area which the Gauteng department of housing has said are illegally built on land intended for government houses.

37 houses destroyed

"Investigations by the department's anti-fraud and corruption unit revealed that fraudsters sold several stands [for amounts] ranging from R2 500 to R95 000, and issued buyers with fraudulent deeds of sale which bore the department's official logo," it said in a statement on Thursday.

Thirty-seven houses were destroyed on Thursday.

Spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa said the owners would not be compensated for their losses

Realising she could not hold off the bulldozer, the woman moved away, taking her crying neighbour's child from her as she was being pulled from the building.

While she was trying to comfort the woman, the bulldozer hit one of the house's walls and it fell with a heavy thud.

Soon, the house has been completely demolished and the bulldozer moved to the next one.

No arrests or injuries

Earlier, residents in Lenasia Extension 13 barricaded roads and set tyres on fire in protest against the demolition, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

He said no one had been arrested or injured.

Motlhaolwa said residents were told not to build houses on the land in 2006 and that a court order was obtained to stop them from building, but that a syndicate had convinced them otherwise.

Motlhaolwa said three members of the syndicate were arrested for fraud in 2009 and had since been jailed.

"They forged the [head of department's] signature and used [the] department's letterhead," he said.

He said investigations were continuing and more arrests could be made.

Makhubela said the police would continue to monitor the protest and demolition.

  • charlene.patel.7 - 2012-11-09 13:09

    very sad.

      rooi.bul.3 - 2012-11-09 13:21

      I agree. This is one of the most disturbing reports I have read in a long time. My heart bleeds for the people of this country that don't know how to free themselves from the new oppressors they elect over and over.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 13:24

      Yeah but its so easy to pick on the helpless ne?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 13:36

      Whist I sympathise with the poor folks who have no roof over their heads, the reality is if these people took education seriously they would NOT have been duped into buying this land fraudulently.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-09 13:39

      Too many people are building houses illegaly, they have been warned in 2006 not to build here.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-11-10 09:26

      Why can't they be compensated? Government is responsible for the corruption mess. So now these poor people end up paying for governments inability to stop corruption.

  • anton.meiring.9 - 2012-11-09 13:16

    Her ANC was supposed to build her a house. But after all this time , they destroy it. Its tragic!! But guess who she will keep on voting for probably.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-09 13:25

      what are the odds the property was sold by the person whose signature was "forged"? If the logo is the real deal, it means someone from within the department was involved. Thing is, way back in 2006 the government ordered them not to build and they chose to ignore that order, so from a legal standpoint, the houses are illegal and should be torn down. Or the government could have come to an arrangement whereby the houses were legally recognized and compensation could be sought from the people behind the fraud.

      ria.wilson - 2012-11-09 13:58

      Why doesn't she apply for a government house? Because she wants it for free.

      dimitripappas - 2012-11-09 15:43

      I think I'd be an idiot to have any sympathy in my heart for these people. It's like asking me to have sympathy for the crying women who lost their husbands at Marikana. Crocodile tears, I'm sorry. Those men wanted to kill police, so they got what they asked for. Similarly, I'm sure all of these women insist on voting ANC, despite the fact that Zuma is spending roughly R250 million rand of our tax money to spice up his private castle, while so many millions of South Africans sink deeper into poverty. Not only that, but the land they chose to build their shack on was reserved/owned, so it was only a matter of time. Again, they got what they bargained for. Come to me with a promise that you won't vote based on the colour of your skin again, and not only will I have empathy for someone willing to utilize their intellectual integrity, but I will also be far more inclined to assist financially et al

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-09 13:19

    Zuma and comp too busy spending our tax money!!!!!vote the out

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-09 13:34

      Vote zuma out... but sadly another corrupt, thief will take his place

  • gneralle.edon - 2012-11-09 13:22

    This is absurd

  • rlong1952 - 2012-11-09 13:23

    This whole story leaves me with a heavy heart.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 18:10

      Me too, never mind the legality of it, where will she go? What are her options? Tonight she has no were to sad....I really feel for her and the others.

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-09 13:28

    shocking shocking shocking, and they will probably still vote ANC. How can our government allow this? How can we allow this?

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-09 13:30

    Imagine this happenned in the Western Cape.....

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-09 13:43

      It has happened here on a mountain were people built homes illegaly. a Few bricks was thrown and an eye or 2 was lost. Sometimes it pays to obey the law.

      roiyen - 2012-11-09 13:45

      His/her point is Jamba, the whole country wouldve cried \racism\ and \apartheid\! But since its their own race, it okay, it has nothing to do with the past. That's how MOST (not all) black South Africans roll.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-09 13:49

      @Jamba. In that case this article would have been on top of the charts with 100,000 comments.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-09 13:53

      Agree Roiyen, the double standards in this country(especially with anc) are pathetic.

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-11-09 13:31

    How heartless of the government to demolish the poor people's houses. I'm sure the unsuspecting buyers were convinced that their title deeds were legitimate and I'm sure government officials connived with the unscrupulous syndicates. You should have at least compensated them, shame on you GPG.

      teresa.villarini - 2012-11-09 13:56

      I agree! This poor woman and the others probably thought it was a legit deal because they had the deeds! Shame very sad

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-11-09 13:58

      You're right, Mbuyi. They thought they had legitimate deeds. The government should have relocated them first. Where are they supposed to go? And let's not forget that Jacob Zuma has built a palatial estate for himself on land that does not belong to him.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-09 14:01

      they were warned back in 2006 that the sale was illegal and not to build anything, they chose to ignore the government and build anyway.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-09 13:31

    This reminds me of a time in our history I had hoped was behind us. Poor woman.

  • roiyen - 2012-11-09 13:31

    The country is burning... Labour unrest, Service delivery protest, from a service to a Police Force, Political courts and... now people's houses are getting bulldozed, just like during the group areas act and the liberation struggle against apartheid. If people are too blind to see that this government are using the same tactics of the former regime, than I'm stunned. People are claiming that they are the legitimate owners yet their homes are getting demolished. If it was build \illegally\ on government land, than why couldn't the department negotiated a payment from the residents. With such an enormous housing shortage in the country, its kinda sad to see well structured homes being demolish. The Zuma administration failed us. He must go. We need a government that cares for its people, not a president who throws a blind eye whilst his country is burning. Let's vote for change people.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-09 14:14

      Why the thumb downs? What you are saying Roiyen is true. Its a reflection of what the apartheid government did. And yes we have a huge housing backlog yet they are bulldozing proper homes. What about informal settlements on private lands? If it was sink structures on an open field, it wouldve been understandable, but proper brick houses on government. Land could have been negotiated.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-09 13:32

    ShottaZee go show off your ignorance at the local shebeen.

  • Erna - 2012-11-09 13:35

    Meanwhile Nkandla has been made so secure that no-one can get in.

  • lidia.d.ramos - 2012-11-09 13:37

    This is so unfair, Gov built houses worth 1.4Billio for themselves and these poor people get their houses taken away from them....then they say white people are racists

      luvo.luvos - 2012-11-09 13:45

      Can you please remind me where in this topic they are letting on about your precious whites being racist?? Or you connecting things that are so far apart??

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-09 13:37

    if the current governmetn implimented resolutions that were adopted in Polokwane and especially the one regarding the land, this wouldnt not have happened - this is JZ faults, i wish he can realise that with the huge amount used to build Nkandla ville many many RDP houses would have been provided for our people instead of a soccer pitch and private clinic for his clan.This and other million reasons why we need a new leadership

      grant.burden.1 - 2012-11-10 20:47

      JZ doesn't care about you, me or any other South African he only cares about himself.

  • sas.kloppers - 2012-11-09 13:42

    This is so sad........

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-11-09 13:46

    I don't know why we should feel sorry for them. A while ago, we heard about some guy who built a house on a farmers land, he did so and everyone was saying (rightly) how the house should be demolished. The same applies here, they built on land which was not theirs (after official warning) and now their houses must be demolished. No double standards.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-11-09 13:53

      Bozo please just get over your priviledged self. These people are hapless victims of a cunning syndicate and the houses were all the valued possession they've ever had. They're trying to recover from being swindled and you're feeling no sympathy for them?? Oh I forgot, should have expected it.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-11-09 13:49

    Surely this goverment is cruel. These poor people try to build on their own but even that small little thing gets taken away so that they musn't have anything.

  • keith.recore - 2012-11-09 13:50

    somehow, someway if some of those people who built those houses were truly swindled, there is a better way to deal with this issue in a more compassionate way, thus the municipality gets its land back and those people could be assisted with finding proper temporary housing at worse and a path to permanent housing at best. This method described simply can't be the best and ony approach to dealing with citizens for one reason or another were victims of fraud and now not only have lost their only home but money they will never see again

  • zaaristotle - 2012-11-09 13:51

    One can have sympathy for the people - some probably illiterate – who have lost their homes. But let’s not forget that they were warned that they occupied the land ILLEGALLY. They were also warned not to listen to any outsiders telling them differently. One also has to draw a line in the sand somewhere. If this ILLEGAL occupation is allowed, such occupation will spread to other land. In such cases, corrective action needs to be taken, even though it may be considered harsh. I would not want to be in this situation, I cannot imagine not knowing where I will sleep tonight, hence I act responsibly and meet my obligations and responsibilities (I’m not only talking about financial). I know it’s easier said than done, but everyone at some stage needs to take responsibility for their life. Their plight cannot always be someone else’s responsibility or fault. I find the media to be very one-sided in some cases. It’s always a case of “shame on authority” but had the so-called “victims” (I’m including Marikana here) did not embark on their ILLEGAL, irresponsible and ill-conceived plans of action, a lot of hurt and destruction would have been prevented. Unfortunately we never see this in the media.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-11-09 14:06

      Let's not forget that Jacob Zuma has built a palatial estate for himself on land that does not belong to him. Where are these people supposed to go? There is no government support for them but there IS 800 million-plus in the coffers to build a resort for the self-appointed "president" of this country. This smacks of Mugabe bulldozing poor people's shacks in Harare because they were an 'eyesore'.

  • angelo.dealbuquerque - 2012-11-09 13:58

    OK I don't care who owns the land ...we have a serious issue of housing in south Africa here we have Human beings who want a decent life for their kids "future south African Leaders" ..I sincerely don't think this people knew they were sold this land illegally but for the government to just stand by and watch people becoming homeless its unbelievable because it was illegal to build there.....I think this is a political ploy for our Beloved ANC to score point because this is a DA Lead council....CAN OUR LEADERS PLEASE GROW UP..VERY DISGRANTLED ANC SUPPORTER AND LOVER OF SOUTH AFRICA ....I THINK ZUMA MUST NOW GO

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-09 13:58

    The is a Place called ZUMAVILLE. You can Stay there for free.Very very Nice compound.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-09 13:59


  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-11-09 14:00

    Shotta Zee called for this . Compare the general economic , health and educational standard of the average black person in apartheid SA, without a right to vote with that of people en black rule African countries with a vote but nothing else : like Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho Swaziland , Angola and Mozambique. Why did the black people left their families and country to look for opportunities in apartheid SA

      msophiasharp - 2012-11-09 14:46

      Gee oxygen thief ShottaZee (sit die paal en die kraal mis) GAS....

  • Douglas Breakfast - 2012-11-09 14:00

    i tot we are past apartheid era. vn f they built illegally were they gvn a place where they can build legally. i can assure the answer is no. Zuma cant vn upgrade his house by his own money bekoz he z broke and he's got a job. how about these people. most of them don't work @ all

  • tracy.frayne - 2012-11-09 14:01

    Could they not have transferred the deeds or something rather than tearing down the houses - it seems counterproductive if the land is going to be used for housing anyway?!

  • abrie.burger - 2012-11-09 14:02

    I feel sorry for these people but a quick observation: If someone illegaly occupied my property and started building a house the government would protect them (the squatters). But when it happens to them they send in the police and bulldozers. Double standards. The reason why this happened is because they had the land for so long and didn't start building RDP houses sooner.

  • Samuel - 2012-11-09 14:03

    U see we feel very sympathetic to the woman, indeed I for one feel sad about this whole disturbing thing, the most annoying of them all about people like her is that come 2014 she is gona vote anc.

      dimitripappas - 2012-11-09 15:47

      Well said Samuel. These people know that the ANC cares and does nothing for them, but instead lines their own pockets with the millions of rands that should be being spent on uplifting the badly poverty-stricken. These very women who are now homeless. But what will these women do? VOTE ANC. So guess what? They can SOB ALL DAY, they won't have my sympathy. Perfectly fair assessment if you ask me.

  • riotousr - 2012-11-09 14:03

    There are laws of the land which govern both the rich and the poor. Invading land that belongs to another person is a crime, just as much as is tresspassing. Somewhere in our lives we must come to learn and respect that. For every transaction, prostitutional sex included, one must always ensure that they keep a receipt. Let us try and call a crime a crime and have those who commit crime accordingly. Even if it means stoning them to death in public.

      Bongani Manqoba Mazibuko - 2012-11-09 14:10

      you must just remember that this people did nothing wrong they paid 4 this land

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-09 14:36

      Not only did they pay for the land, they also build the houses themselves. Unlike many others who expect government to provide them with a free house. Counter productive at its best. If the land is intent for housing, than why demolishing already built ones?

      brapiet.matshipa - 2012-11-10 12:27

      riotousr I don't think u r normal or ur one of those ppl who got RDP houses n now u defend ur bosses .those ppl worked hard built houses n ur corrupt minister just cum n evict them.don'think with ur ass use mind u bloody moron.those ppl r our mothers ,brother n sister

  • Bongani Manqoba Mazibuko - 2012-11-09 14:08

    south Africans black or white hope you dnt 4get this day on the next national election this ANC think their the gods of this country

      riotousr - 2012-11-09 14:33

      I get your point Bongani. People paid for the land and they must have some proof to show for it. For every piece of land anybody owns in South Africa there has got to be a title deed. Every in what we called Tribal Trust land in the homelands there are receipts we get from the tribal office. I shouted at my partner when she told me about a similar sale in Walmansdahl. She talked about differently when eviction came to town. These incidents happen everyday because people believe anything that gets told to them. Witchcraft, urban legends and the tokoloshe are more believable than factual science in these parts of the world. I am sorry, but I have very little sympathy with such victims.

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-11-09 14:09

    Yes, please can all these people be homeless and loose everything they have worked so hard for so ONE minister can build their mansion on the land with our money. It makes so much sense. PATHETIC.

      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 19:33

      well said, feel like vomiting wen I think of those fatty boom boom cats

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-09 14:13

    JZ, I hope you're happy, sitting in your R250 million palace, while people who have nothing get their houses demolished, ironically, to make way for government houses. Why couldn't you have just made a plan for them and not taken away the roofs over their heads ? I hope you live in interesting times - and before you get all excited, this is actually a chinese curse, which is also ironic considering how far up their asses your head is. If you had even an inkling of how much damage your 'reign' has had on SA, you'd be so ashamed you'd resign - the only problem is, the ANC has so much deadwood in it, I'm sure the next 50 ANC presidents will be even more useless than you are - if such a thing is even possible.

  • bdanney - 2012-11-09 14:18

    Genius. 113 houses are illegally built on land intended for government houses. Could the government not just compinsate the people who built the houses for the houses so they could recovery their costs, and then just use the houses instead of breaking them down?

      linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-09 14:27

      What a ridiculous idea! Why would any government agency make a decision that is financially in the best interests of everyone concerned? Notwithstanding the enormous trauma to the poor people who have tried to make a better life for themseleves by building their own homes and not relying on the government to do so. Clearly these poor people who built on council land didnt use a "tenderpreneur" builder, therefore the houses had to be demolished to make way for houses built by a tenderpreneus builder so that the officials could get paid their share of the tender. Whilst I dont condone building illegally on land that doesnt belong to you, clearly these people were duped into believing that they had bought the land legitimately. The assets of the people responsible for defrauding them should be sold, and the proceeds handed over to the victims as compensation

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-11-09 14:18

    Banana land at its best .

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-09 14:24

    Nklanda 250m= 1000 houses to the poor!! ANC kill (Marikana) there own people, they steal from their own people(Demolition of houses). That happens when the only reason for voting for Zuma is,because he is black! Mmmm, makes u think who are the real racists. Wish Nelson Mandela was still President!

  • nhla.prv - 2012-11-09 14:25

    And others have their homes upgraded for R14 mill ! Sad

  • tj.qweras - 2012-11-09 14:26

    i think i should stop commenting and checking comments because i will also became racist like some of you here

  • sabelo.l.mthembu - 2012-11-09 14:32


      dimitripappas - 2012-11-09 15:49

      Good luck with that. Come elections ANC will win 60+ percent again because of the rats that vote for it. What next? POVERTY AND PAIN FOR MILLIONS for another 4 years whilst Zuma and ONLY his close cronies, downs bottles of blue label inside his R250mil newly renovated castle

      andile.a.mchunu - 2012-11-09 15:53

      Do you honestly think they will vote for a white ruled party?

      dimitripappas - 2012-11-09 16:20

      Andile: I honestly HOPE that they don't vote for a party based on the colour of their skin? (You make it sound like this is YOUR only criteria when it comes to voting? Wow...) You're supposed to vote for the best party to rule the country - the one with the most realistic promises and best ideas

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-09 14:32

    Those very farmers just happen to feed you and all the other ingrates. And when will the indigenous population realize that JZ cares absolutely nothing nothing for you - you are just votes for him and the anc and the taxpayers just happen to be his bank roll.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-11-09 17:56

      Thank you. An honest comment. When it comes from somebody with a white sounding name we are called racist. I think people pine for more black people that think independently, freed from cultural bounds. Of course this applies to white people as well. To vote on the grounds of freedom and liberty, as much as that is possible in a democracy.

  • tj.qweras - 2012-11-09 14:35

    i think i should stop commenting and checking post here because most of the comments are about colour black being the most underseving colour in the country we know that u own the economy u worked hard for it but not the majority of you,those people did not occupy the land knowing... illegally they paid for it unfortunatly to wrong you guys(you know who you are)are making fun of those people. Get a Life

  • kenneth.maake - 2012-11-09 16:19

    I see no changes. All I see is racist faces. Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races we under. I wonder what it takes to make this one better place... let's erase the wasted. Take the evil out the people, they'll be acting right. 'Cause both black and white are smokin' crack tonight. And only time we chill is when we kill each other. It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other This is changes by Tupac I wish one day everything will be alright, thats my dream

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-11-09 17:57

      Make it happen. Be the change you want to see.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-09 18:23

      Kenneth, look again more carefully. I see the faces of white people that is pissed of at what blacks do to blacks here, and the mindset of those bad blacks. Is that realy bad racism? Why do whites get angry at that? Maybe because they do care a bit for those blacks that are treated badly by other blacks. I prommis you that these "racist" whites will be even more "racist" towards a white that do that to another white. Stop looking through a hosepipe,stand back and realy look.I'm a racist and a white supremasist, but that does not stop me from seeing and respecting good black people. I have NO respect for anyone who misuse the gullebility of others, black or white, but I must admit that by power the of experience and example I do expect it much readily from blacks. I'm a slave of realism.

      thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-10 13:28

      A Dream ends once u wake up!

  • Leah - 2012-11-09 18:25

    Government land? I smell a rat.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-09 18:48

    What I cant understand is why these things alway happen at this time of the year.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-09 19:25

    I watched it on TV. The term Nazi sprung to mind.\r\n\r\nI could not believe what I was seeing. This is a new form of apartheid. Welcome to the new, new SA...........\r\n\r\nThe peasants will revolt - I would.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-09 21:29

    Government officials sold stands to people who then build their houses and now the government demolishes them to build free substandard houses on them ? The corrupt officials , usually cadres , are now in jail and the poor people are not going to be compensated . Gosh , I don't really understand government's logic in this . And nog , they sing about housing shortages in the country .

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-09 21:36

    Thats the name of the game - fraud and theft. That is how the game is played in South Africa. ME ME ME and bugger everyone else.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-11-10 09:50

    Lenasia and Lenasia South is surrounded by illegally built informal settlements for over 20 years now.But the government has never demolished the camps! Ext 13 was built for the poor,could the government please explain how did a property developer get it right by buying land in the area and developing a massive upmarket town house complex,making millions? Who did he pay off? I voted for the ANC before, I will never vote for you bunch of idiots again.

  • rupert.magande - 2012-11-10 11:55

    some years ago Robert Mugabes government demolished houeses in zimbabwe that where unlawfully built and the whole world condemed him, the UN was involded , the americans sanctioned him , this time around the south african government does the same time , the whole world keeps mum , talk of double standards .

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-10 13:29

    S.A is the next Zim.

      rupert.magande - 2012-11-10 21:52


  • twanasamothibi - 2012-11-10 13:51

    The is really no need to racialise everything. This is truely sad!

  • khokhi.zwane - 2012-11-12 14:42

    I thought one of government's promise was to provide people with land, now the people bought themselves land and he's demolishing the houses they have built themselves, WHO is this government REALLY SERVING? building a house costs about 15 years of life savings and the government has been promising to build houses for the people for years since it got into power,IT'S TRUE WHEN THEY SAY ABSOLUTE POWER LEADS TO ABSOLUTE DESTRUCTION.