Protest against demolitions in Lenasia

2012-11-09 10:07

Johannesburg - A group of Lenasia South residents protested on Friday against the destruction of homes by the local government, Gauteng police said.

The protesters barricaded roads and set tyres on fire in extension 13 on Thursday evening, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The protests continued on Friday morning.

He said no one had been arrested or injured.

AFP quoted Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane as saying there are about 200 protesters.

"They are not violent but there are big rocks, we're trying to clean and clear up the rocks and see if we can be able to open the road for a free flow of traffic."

Illegally built houses

The protests came after the destruction of 37 of 113 houses which the Gauteng department of housing said were illegally built on land intended for government houses.

"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.

The department said the destruction of the houses would continue on Friday.

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

He said residents were told not 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 HOD's signature and used department's letter head," he said.

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

Makhubela said the police would continue to monitor the protest.

  • ansie.b.badenhorst - 2012-11-09 10:28

    This is terrible, shouldn't someone be responsible for compensating these poor people, after all, they paid for the stands. Someone must take responsibilty.

      arm.witmens - 2012-11-09 10:42

      Will you buy land of someone without doing your homeowrk? And when you were told NOT to build there in 2006 and you havent listened, well, there's no cure for stupididty.

      aarchaic - 2012-11-09 10:47

      "The protests came after the destruction of 37 of 113 houses which the Gauteng department of housing said were illegally built on land intended for government houses." the words "Illegally" and "land intended for government houses." does not say they are legally on the land at all...

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-09 11:21

      Yews! Zuma who else

      Jaap - 2012-11-09 11:34

      Ansie, there is a total lack of competency, responsibility and finally, accountability.

      ansie.b.badenhorst - 2012-11-09 12:48

      I suppose these Housing Department officials are only following the example set by government.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-11-09 10:31

    CaNcer again hasn't built houses for the people since 2006! Regardless of whether they had purchased land from a fraudulent syndicate, the govt hasn't built houses promised from when they had the land already in 2006!! No bloody wonder that the people are aggrieved. How long can it take to build a couple of hundred houses? They upgraded Nkandla in less than a year. They are reaping what they sow. The people have had enough and are reacting accordingly cos you cannot reason with plunderers. Shame on this cancer in our society. A good dose of radiation is needed.

  • maphumulo.m - 2012-11-09 10:32

    While these 113 houses are demolished, guess what?? A handful are upgraded to the tune of R1.4bn... So, my people! What will your next vote be?

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-09 10:45

    I wonder what would happen if the DA did this in the Western Cape??

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-09 10:56

    "We're trying to clean and clear up the rocks and see if we can be able to open the road for a free flow of traffic." Wouldn't the above statement have been great if it read: We are dismantling the E-Toll gantries and open the road for a "free" flow of traffic ??

  • phillipa.mill - 2012-11-09 11:14

    Maybe Zumie can put them up in Zumaville

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-09 11:20

    This could have been one of the areas where the money Zuma and his cronies spent on their homes to relocate hese people. In-case Zuma has forgotten, these are the people you promised a better future to.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-09 11:25

    These protesters should go to Jacob Zuma's House and protest there and destroy his property. After all, he is allowing this to happen. Let him sort out this mess. He cannot control his people.

  • litha.luzipo - 2012-11-09 11:29

    Government who claim to care for people is forcefully removing people from the land they bought.You can not blame these people for this as the have deeds and all necessary paper work. Surely some politicians knew about this and were benefiting since then. now that money is getting finnished the want to give themselves a tender for building houses there. Someone must take responsibility for this waste.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-09 11:33

    Are they brick houses or shacks? Funny that Gov. doesnt mind them building on anyone elses land

  • pvuuren - 2012-11-09 11:40

    although this is a " Dog-eat-Dog" situation, somehow the paleskins are going to be blamed...

  • lidia.d.ramos - 2012-11-09 11:45

    Go ahead and build...if Gov can steal from the public why can the public not steel from Gov...I will stand behind them....Gov is only trying to make money again

  • tony.samuels.35 - 2012-11-09 12:07

    In a country where housing people is a major problem,the state will go demolished proper brick-built homes...WTF!!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-09 12:22

    got nkandlaville/zumaville/palace zuma and protest there... the cost of upgrading the royal penises palace could easily have provided alot of folks with basic housing it's time we return the ANC's disrespect of the people/country in spades. why is there a set of rules for them and totally different set for us peasants ? hey JZ F U dude.

  • Forgotten - 2012-11-09 12:28

    This is bull!!! Mr Zuma house is costing us R200mil!! USE THAT MONEY AND BUILD HOUSES FOR PEOPLE WHO NEEDS IT!!!

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-11-09 12:42

    People being evacuated to other areas, people being shot when they toy-toy.... It sounds like the apartheid days........... Who is wrong now, and who was wrong then?

  • keith.recore - 2012-11-09 13:04

    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

  • lekgwakgwa.mohlatlole - 2012-11-10 06:33

    Demolitions of the houses in Lenasia is not the first thing in Africa Mugabe did the same.Law inforcement in City of Joburg is something we dont have how can people build 100 houses in municipality land if we have law inforcement.

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