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Men in court for illegally sold land

2013-04-09 13:01

Johannesburg - Two men alleged to have illegally sold land in Lenasia and Ennerdale will appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, said the Gauteng housing department.

"[They are] the suspected kingpins in the illegal sale of state land," said department spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

Richard Zikhali and his co-accused Michael Magodola allegedly conned people out of millions of rand before being arrested and charged with fraud in 2010.

They have been in police custody since their arrest.

In November 2012, the provincial housing department demolished about 50 houses, which it said were illegally built on government land.

The occupants had been given forged deeds of sale with the department's logo.

Lenasia residents protested against the demolitions and blockaded roads leading into the area with rocks and burning tyres.

Since then, several people have been arrested in connection with the scam.

Last month, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court sentenced Mandla Dlamini, 75, to three years in jail after he illegally sold stands and promised to build houses for people in Lenasia and Ennerdale.

Comments
  • Tums Down - 2013-04-09 13:25

    Seriously? All this fuss about a few houses? What about the millions of hectrares stolen by the previous government and given to the minority??!!!

      Arc Con - 2013-04-09 14:17

      So according to you someone has managed to steal the land from you AGAIN????!!!!! Bwahahaha!!!Priceless....

      Brian Galloway - 2013-04-09 14:36

      It is frustrating to hear so many folk claiming that the previous government handed out land/property to the minority (white population)during their rule - this is not so. I am a white South African and I own a house on a piece of land that I paid for out of my earnings from working, and so it is with the rest of the land owners in this country.On what basis do you claim that we received land for free?

      Linda Horsfield - 2013-04-09 16:49

      What type of mentality thinks that 2 rights make a wrong? Only a retard would condone this criminality! These criminals stole millions of rands from people desperate to have somewhere to live - and all you can do is raise up the past! They should not only go to jail, but have all their assets attached and sold to compensate the poor people that they defrauded. And you should start looking at your own ethics - or lack of - if you justify any action, no matter how criminal, provided it is done by a Black person. This is not only racist, it is pure stupidity.

      Annelene Meterki Minnie - 2013-04-09 17:03

      pfffffff @tums down....land were not simply given to anybody..the minority most probably did the following : work HARD ---> save / borrow ----> buy that is how stuff have been working since jan van riebeeck made trades with the now majority.please go and study economy - it will give you a clear idea of how things have actually been working in economy!

      John Smith - 2013-04-09 17:11

      Hey poephol, who got given free land? Where's mine? They always made me work and pay for land and still pay TAX on it to this day!

  • Gawie Keyser - 2013-04-09 13:35

    Tums Down Get a life. Apartheid is gone. Weg. For altyd. Continue with life as a grown up please.

      Tums Down - 2013-04-09 15:55

      Ok.. Will do .. Thanks .. F OFF - I don't speak afrikaans

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-09 16:07

      Like he said, Tums Down, as a grown up. That means as an adult. Get it?

  • nhlapop - 2013-04-09 13:39

    It was painful to see so many houses demolished because they were built on the land that was sold to the house owners illegally. Yet one will ask a question that, why we always take short cuts in life? This moron must go to jail.

  • Stefan Kruger - 2013-04-09 13:57

    Thats right!! Go to jail.. you steal from these people means you steal from my people!! Stand up South Africa!! FIGHT THIS!! FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT!!

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-09 14:50

    Tantamount to committing murder??? Conmen thriving off vunerable people -sick!!!

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-09 15:02

    And who can we blame? That old horse Apartheid made them do it.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-09 15:06

    My property with everything on it and in it, fell from the sky. It was given to me by the gods as a gift 20 years after I got married. Thank you gods.

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