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Official in court for illegal land sale

2013-07-19 09:14

Johannesburg - A City of Johannesburg official and two other people, accused of illegally selling state land in Lenasia, are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Gauteng human settlements department spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa said the three allegedly sold land in Lenasia Extension 13 and Extension 4.

"The suspects allegedly defrauded unsuspecting residents of their money by selling them state-owned land," he said.

"The first suspect will appear before the court for allegedly selling four government-owned stands."

Official Sifiso Handsome Litau made his first appearance in March and was released on bail.

He was one of seven people arrested for illegally selling state land. The seven were appearing in different courts for selling stands for between R15 000 and R50 000.

Motlhaolwa said an alleged kingpin was arrested by the Hawks in 2010.

"With the help of our department, the Hawks also arrested an alleged kingpin Richard Zikhali, whose case is being heard at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court," said Motlhaolwa.

"To date three fraudsters have been found guilty and serving sentences ranging from three to six years in prison. Amongst those found guilty is Pastor Mandla Dlamini, 76, who is serving a three year sentence."

In November, the Gauteng housing department demolished about 50 houses in Lenasia.

The department said it was acting within the law because the houses were illegally built on government land.

The buyers were given forged deeds of sale with the department's logo. Following the bulldozing of houses, Lenasia residents held several protests about the demolitions and blockaded roads leading into Lenasia with rocks and burning tyres.

Comments
  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-19 10:13

    Forged deeds that where real deeds...On the correct paper, correct signatures correct everything...the state should have to cough up and put all those buyers right..if Zuma had done it, it would have been ok.. I bet the whole argument goes back to which official took the bribe, and the official who wanted to take the bribe got miffed and routed the whole affair...I bet it had nothing to do with honesty...what more do we expect from the thieving ANC?

  • Sipho Tshabalala - 2013-07-19 10:18

    It looks like Tax payers money will never be spent on goods deeds, it seems like they will really have to build more prisons then there are schools in SA, since so many ANC members are corrupt and daily arrests are made, IM A SAD SOUTH AFRICAN

      Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2013-07-19 10:49

      I am too, Sipho. This poor country is being crushed under the corruption of the ruling party. We must stand together and oust the lot of them in 2014

      Byron Pienaar - 2013-07-19 12:29

      I feel your sentiment.will there ever be a better future for SA? Can it ever get better?

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-07-19 12:52

    Hope he isn't given the option of a fine - which would likely be paid with money defrauded/stolen from innocent victims. He must be jailed and his assets forfeit to the state unless he can prove that he didn't buy them with money obtained from his criminal activities

  • Willem de Haan - 2013-07-19 12:59

    Man oh man, these black blokes really know how to coin it! I cannot remember any white ou in the municipality of Johburg as it then was before liberation ever having the brains to do a little deal like that. Way too stupid! Things have definitely improved since 1994! Way to go man~!

  • Lesley Diane Greyling - 2013-07-19 16:40

    Sigh~! no end to corruption in SA it seems~! how sad~!

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