Sexwale to seek Lenasia solution

2012-11-22 14:08

Cape Town - Cabinet has mandated Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to urgently interact with the Gauteng provincial government to find an amicable solution to address the situation in Lenasia.

"Cabinet [at its regular fortnightly meeting on Wednesday] said that the minister must work with the government of Gauteng," Women, Children, and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Thursday.

"Cabinet was also sympathetic to the people who have lost their property there, some of them probably their lifetime savings.

"But Cabinet then said the minister, with the government of Gauteng, must work on that issue and look at alternatives, but ensure that all that has to be done must be done within the law," she said.

Homes demolished

The Gauteng housing department has started demolishing houses built on illegally sold land in Lenasia.

The demolitions began on 8 and 9 November.  The housing department said the land the houses were built on was meant for government housing.

About 50 houses were initially destroyed and there were plans to knock down another 113.

The plots on which the houses were built were apparently fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95 000. The buyers were given forged deeds of sale bearing the department's logo.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-11-22 14:23

    Its Chaos and anarchy when people build on any land they come across, should be demolished

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-11-22 14:28

      you mean like the nkandla compound???

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-22 14:42

      The property was sold to most of them fraudulently. They didn't just randomly build there they believed that they own the place.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-22 19:14

      @ Joe Farmer...I was sent a pic of the 'compound' and just across the road from it, as shacks!!!! Talk about equality??

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-22 14:24

    You telling me Mr Billionaire "Tokyo Sexwhale" found time to drag his way from his 18 other businesses and his massive stake in E Toll to actually do his job.......How nice :(

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-22 19:12

      AND !!!and his R65 million game lodgge in Moz ??? Anyway, maybe his wife read the papers and said he must be visible?

  • allstar.scotts - 2012-11-22 14:32

    This is what happens when you let things get out of control. Unfortunately the people on the ground always lose.Those that had a hand in the fraud, must be caught, they must repay all those that lost money and then go to jail. Difficult job for Sexwale. Good Luck!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-22 17:02

      . As long as he is not going to spend the night, next to one of those demolished houses, to show.................he cares!!! ( remember; Diepsloot !! ) This guy makes one puke !!! The Saif gaddafi of the South !!!!!

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-11-22 14:50

    I find it difficult to understand how an organisation who fought to liberate the poor are now destroying the homes of the poor.Have they lost the plot?

      nomfezeko.quvana - 2012-11-22 15:41

      this is a dirty game of politics. I wonder if the marikana issue and especially the demolishing of houses is not a plan to take down Zuma or, i can assure you ANC will get less votes in the next elections. People of SA need to wake up and not use emotions to reason, but use their heads. Come elections, our politicians will use the past i.e."white people oppressed black people", just to stir people's emotions so that people forget all about corruption, crime, them enriching themselves and focus on racial issues. so people they will vote based on racial grounds instead of facts. I am tired. people on the ground need to work together and not focus on colour, party but on facts and move forward.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-22 16:50

      nomfezeko, absolutely 100%, having said that I sincerely hope you are doing your bit to enlighten people.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-22 14:50

    so i take it the bricks from the buildings that were demolished will be send to Nkandla to further boost Zuma's Nkandlaville?what happened to decent housing for all, these people contributed from their own pockets to build their house and the government that constantly talk about backlog goes and demolish those houses

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-22 14:53

    O.K. good, now where were you when it all started, or did you have to be told to go there before thinking for yourself

  • brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-22 14:56

    Closing the stable door once the horse has bolted ? Why was it necessary for cabinet to intruct Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale to interact with the Gauteng Provincial Government. He should have done this months ago. And then he has the gall to tell Justice Malala on TV that he is quite capable of doing the job of a president ??? What next. ?

  • allstar.scotts - 2012-11-22 14:57

    What do they say about a picture and a thousand words.....the picture of the woman above does!! Damn, she has lost everything, which probably wasn't much. The people that caused this should be shot.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-22 19:15

      Oh absolutely!!!

  • steve.werner.334 - 2012-11-22 15:24

    Those people occupied the land and erected the houses illegally, hence the court order, but here is the rub, the Municipality and Provincial and National Government let things slide. Then all of a sudden, knee jerking action and now the chickens have come home to roost. Mr Minister, it is very easy 1. The land was sold illegally and that is a criminal act. The purchasers know who they are - lay criminal charges. If the purchasers fail to reveal them, charge them with defeating the ends of justice 2. Don't buy the excuse that they did not know. You know what the courts say about the ignorance of the law - charge the purchasers as well. They were party to a criminal act 3. If you decide to eventually sell them the land (or other land), which you probably will do, they will not qualify in terms of your housing subsidy programs and must pay full market value as per your Housing Act 4. Before a person build the must obtain municipal approval and plans. The Municipality operates in the area via various services eg meter reading, rubbish removal, etc. and the building inspectors travel the area. Nobody noticed? 5. Before water and electricity can be connected, the municipality send the inspector out. Inspectors are assigned to specific areas - so it is very simple to determine who is the culprit - charge with corruption and dereliction of duties 6. The Municipal Manager, as accounting Officer, should also be taken to task

  • sonet.vd.westhuizen - 2012-11-22 15:24

    SICK!! These poor people have PAID for these stands! The bastard that sold it to them should be sued to pay them for their losses and then hanged in the open and stoned to death and left there to ROT!!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-22 16:44

      sonet, I wholeheartedly agree, if in the initial stages they were told not to build, who thereafter monitored the area from month to month, no one, yet they hold their hands out for their fat salaries each month. We are talking about people who were hoodwinked into believing it was o.k. They don't know about registering bonds etc.

  • dofeatsdog - 2012-11-22 15:25

    I'm still baffled at this fiasco. Is this really the best solution Gauteng housing could come up with, of all possible solutions under the sun, this is the best one they could propose. If this is the level of thinking/IQ in government, we have no hope of ever overcoming all the boundless challenges in this country.....this is outright stupidity of the highest order....

  • michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-22 15:35

    There was a time when I had pity for blacks, but they continue to vote for the cANCer, so yeah, I couldnt care less these days.

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-11-22 15:46

      What makes you think blacks need your pity? even if they vote DA things will still be the same, check the WCape for example

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-22 15:52

      You mean those politically instigated riots and unrest?

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-11-22 15:56

      But you can't deny the fact that the majority of black townships in the W Cape lack basic services

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-22 16:07

      Black townships have basic services. You are confusing black townships with squatter camps set up by eastern cape immigrants

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-22 16:37

      Lets be fair, they are fed crap and believe there is a rosey future for them, there are millions who are not educated, have no access to newspapers nor radios, they see a face they know and X. It is a very sad situation and the ANC know this is the way to capture the vote.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-22 15:36

    Probably open a Chicken Licking outlet and call it a strategic employment opportunity for the rubble dwellers

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-11-22 15:37

    The minister of human settlement is more concerned about power struggles within the ANC than to focus on doing his duties

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-22 16:14

      Do any ANC members ever do their duties 100% of 80% of the time?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-22 15:49

    Tokyo's been sleeping the past two weeks!!!

  • NicolaVanAss - 2012-11-22 16:04

    If you build wherever you feel like, there are bound to be problems in the future. Do things right the first time round I say. However, it is VERY difficult to get the right information about almost anything these days. I do feel sorry for these people and hope a solution is found.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-22 19:17

      My heart breaks for matter who is at fault, they are now homeless and have lost everything they own!! Imagine a mother trying to explain to a child what is happening?

  • alvina.simelane - 2012-11-22 16:18

    The property agent has been charged.I was reminded today of the history lesson on the evictions and demolitions of sophia town.History repeating itself.Steve Wener has laid it out perfectly, this goes beyond the land thief. If these people have the sanitation,water and electricity, who approved it? 50 households are gone and only then is Tokyo tasked with intervening.Like Madiba said in the 1994 COSATU congress address,"If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you,then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government."These people have been failed!

      piet.strydom - 2012-11-22 16:36

      MAndela didn't say that, BTW.

  • john.mcguinness.9465 - 2012-11-22 16:21

    This should not be viewed as people losing houses, but, rather giving to the "struggle".

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-22 16:31

    I really think they should have done something rather demolishing peoples houses, they should deal with their fraud / corrupt officials, how did the Dpmnt logo ended up in fraudsters hands aaaaggg. dom kop gvmnt nxa.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-22 16:46

    This is what I hate about certain appointments in our government, some people seems they do not know their duties as minister responsible for housing he could have while it is early gave orders to his department to solve that crises or himself, now the situation is out of control then he is starting to try to sort it out, people have lsot their properties some were injured but we have leaders whom we voted into the government to help sort such problems when they arise instead they just sit and do their own things and waite for things to be worse before doing their job. Come Mangaung and those who does not work should be removed from office with emediate effect.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-22 16:49

    Where is Lindiwe & Zele....y can't they come up with a solution to handle this matter....lets see u bullies...

      Erna - 2012-11-22 19:08

      The land would never have been sold illegally in the first place so the situation wouldn't need a solution at all.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-22 17:27

    If we carry on the way Eskom and DWA are it wont be long before none of us have basic services. After all the Government is continuing to churn out licenses when the factscare there is no more avaliable water. Another responsible ANC strategy, oh wait are further government family members needing to open an Aurora 2..

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-22 17:37

    Mmoledis, I quite agree. Its just a pity that the ANC generally reacts when crisis mode starts. Then again its soon electionsvagain is it not... Good time to start acting that " yesv we can". Reallity is no we cant!

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