We want Sexwale gone - Sanco

2012-11-17 20:40

Johannesburg - The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) would do its best to keep Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale out of office because of his silence on the demolition of houses in Lenasia, it said on Saturday.

"As housing minister your silence on the matter has not gone unnoticed..." Sanco's spokesperson Dumisani Mthalane said in a statement.

About 50 houses were destroyed by the Gauteng department of housing on November 8 and 9. The department said the houses were built on land meant for government housing.

Mthalane said Sexwale's silence was the sign that he was losing leadership qualities he previously had.

With the African National Congress choosing its top leadership in Mangaung next month, Sanco said Sexwale disappointed people because of the conference.

"You have betrayed the masses, just to be cool with those advocating a change in Mangaung," said Mthalane.

‘Shame on all of you’

Sanco also said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane betrayed the people.

In response to the outcry over demolitions, on Tuesday Mokonyane said the demolitions had to send a strong message to other fraudsters who continued to illegally sell land in the province.

Mthalane said it was sad when lives became so "cheap" in the view of people who were supposed to be their leaders.

He said Sanco was also disappointed by the ANC in Gauteng's silence on the matter.

"Shame, shame and shame on all of you."

The demolitions of houses had been halted after SA Human Rights Commission obtained a court interdict.

The case is scheduled to continue in the High Court in Johannesburg next Friday.

Sexwale's spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-11-17 20:48

    Sexwale must go. Never liked him, and he supports Julius!!!!

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-17 22:08

      If someone is a tenderpreneur and sleeps lekker at night, then why would one care about poor people?

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-17 22:33

      Despite the barbaric actions of destroying someone's home without finding an alternatives for him, I suspect these people knew that their purchases were fraudulent and chose to go ahead despite the risks that may follow. Tjotjo and lawfulness are water and oil, everybody should know that.

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-11-17 23:32

      Don't understand the logic "Mokonyane said the demolitions had to send a strong message to other fraudsters who continued to illegally sell land in the province. The punitive measures are against people who bought the land the the fraudsters who profited. Doesn't demolishing the homes simply give the fraudsters another vacant plot to sell again?

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-17 20:51

    All these "leaders" promise the world but once in the position do absolutley nothing, silence on the matter from Sexwale is guilt!!!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 01:05

      Merely speculation..

      stirer.kathray - 2012-11-18 08:36

      I don't understand what Sexwale has to do with this incident. He is not entitled to overrule the law, and the law has taken its course. Its regretful that homes have been demolished, but what do you do to the occupiers who have consistently snubbed the notices? If you have to point fingers at authority, then point fingers at the authority who made the decision. In my view, they had no alternative. What would you do if someone decided to unilaterally build a house on YOUR property?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:02

      Yep, and its not like they did it out of the blue... They had been warned for you years but they thought the government would act differently to any other citizen when it came to illegal squatters. Sorry for you! You can't bend the law to suit - it is a blunt axe

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-17 20:56

    Maybe he is quiet on the matter because he gave the instruction to demolish??

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-17 21:05

    He must go , he's over stayed his welcome . Good cry at Hani's murder scene . Since then , another wolf in a sheep' skin . Adios morwa !

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-17 22:18

      Yeah.I must agree with you there. I am sadly disapointed in him.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:05

      Well he appears to be the only one who has done his job and kept his nose clean. And made his money the mostly legal way. You don't see Tokyo up to his elbows in the state coffers like the rest?

  • SharonE - 2012-11-17 21:09

    He doesn't care about the people!! If fact, if you ask any of the top leaders of the ANC if they care about the civilians they will have to be reminded who these people are, before they answer in the negative. The people have served their purpose by voting for them, and will only be remembered when election time rolls around again.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 01:03

      Yup! When are the majority of people going to learn in SA that they are being used and highly abused, yet they keep following like dumb sheep..

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-17 21:12

    SANCO is also just a bunch of corrupt bulls who just goes where the wind blows. Sexwale is just fooling around for presidency of which he will never get.

  • stefan.erasmus.756 - 2012-11-17 21:16

    So stop voting for them. You can change it.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-17 21:18

    I did not realise that one could take any piece of land you wanted in this country and build a house on it. No one obeys the law anymore.

  • zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-11-17 21:23

    I am black but F the ANC of Zuma. Its makes me angry to see them act like they are all mighty

      zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-11-17 21:44

      Black or white, we do need good leaders but i know many people who are not satisfied with the Anc, but they'll keep voting for them as a sign of gratitude for winning the \struggle\ and to keep \Blacks\ in power- all this is sickness and alas, it is believed by the majority to be the right thing

      philas.ntuli - 2012-11-17 22:52

      Shame!! Zwelethu_ did u reall have to say \I'm black\ ???

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 00:58

      Well zwelethu, I am pinkish brown and agree with you 1000% 'they' act like they are all mighty STUPID! If we call ourselves a democracy, ALL should be fair and square to ALL! Our ANC has the 'monopoly' and is basically high-jacking the un-informed masses!! Fkrrs

  • buti.lembe - 2012-11-17 21:36

    you might be famous & like by many people but once you fail and commit a silly mistake, they'll forget about all the good things you have done.

  • siyabonga.xayiya - 2012-11-17 21:37

    good news to here tht sexwale iz taken out as a leadr ! Especialy wen anc board follws it. He must be gone and the other fraudstars thank u fellows

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:06

      oh please, who is sanco really? They don't have that authority.

  • chris.braum - 2012-11-17 21:41

    SANCO, what exactly would you like Mr. Sexwale to say? Perhaps that he supports the rule of law and abides by the decisions of our independent courts. He does! Maybe SANCO should too!

      zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-11-17 22:02

      I would like him to explain why he's against people building quality houses for themselves in favour of his department building bad houses for other people. It doesn't make sense to demolish good houses to build bad houses when there is a lot of land in SA. Or does our government favour building free houses for people so that they can vote for them to independent people who don't rely on the ANC?

      dave.hardman - 2012-11-17 22:19

      So, are we building a Nation, or tearing one down? This is all about corrupt public servants...(NOT officials, or other fancy names)..they are paid hansom salaries to serve the community and the public at large, but are corrupt, self serving. THEY should have observed the rule of law from the beginning!!!!

      chris.braum - 2012-11-18 01:12

      Plain and Simple! The courts ordered them not to build and they disregarded an order of court. I feel sure you would sing to a different tune if they were building on your land and the courts were powerless to protect you and everyone was making you out to be the criminal. Better still! What about if you were on the top of the waiting list waiting for your home that the government was trying to build for you.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:09

      Exactly, if you want to be angry at someone look to the corrupt officials who misled these people and sold them plots of land they were not entitled to sell.. And the entire ANC government for failing the people by not educating them enough so that they can spot a con when needed and are able to read legal documents. Only 3 out of 170-something households had proper paperwork and they were relocated and then allocated new houses. It's called doing things LEGALLY.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-17 21:43

    The worm turns.

  • janzanele - 2012-11-17 21:48

    ot's another way Sexwale is tarnish Zuma's image.they are silence about Presidentail candidancy,just on last minutes they will show they're true colours

  • rontheogre - 2012-11-17 21:51

    Sanco cannot ask for Tokyo not to fill the post just because he was just not doing his job???? The same arguments that are used to shoot down the democratic right of the opposition not to have a debate in parliament on the vote of no confidence should surely be applicable here, as the reasons are roughly the same?

  • dave.hardman - 2012-11-17 22:39

    The time has come SANCO said, to take SEXWALE home to bed! ... Off you GO, its getting late! .... Meanwhile the mad old Zoom pipe was shouting, tear down the houses, tear down the Nation, destroy the Cape and those that don't support ME. How dare they look at me or my house. I am a self made man, I stole all this with my family. Who said I can't lie to the National assembly? ....I am ZOOM PIPE, not the Jack of Spades or the King of Clubs....I AM A JOKER!!

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-18 00:01

      and the best of all is the goverment is trying to build houses but yet they are braking down peoples if you cant see wtf is going on here then you must be stupid.No contest is all he must say and f off.Useless is all i can say.

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-18 00:02

      and the best of all is the goverment is trying to build houses but yet they are braking down peoples if you cant see wtf is going on here then you must be stupid.No contest is all he must say and f off.Useless is all i can say.

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-11-18 03:51

    what must Sexwale say? Government told people not to build on that land but the thick headed decided to build! word of advice....go and invade white owned land not government land! that's ok!

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-11-18 05:34

    Sanco what about Zumas' head

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-11-18 05:40

    Is this the same SANCO that is supporting this song and dance leadership of Zuma for the second term? Why don't you and Cosatu go to wilderness?

  • gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-11-18 05:41

    Rule of law must be respected whether you are ANC, pink or gay. Regardless of my association, if I have such, I do like to see government become bolder and take strong action against a non-compliant citizenry, even if that citizenry comprises it's electorate. The funny thing is in the Western Cape even the DA had demolished shacks, yet I have never seen the bulk of news24 commentators object. So the general theme would appear to be to criticize government regardless. While I understand the sentiment I do not agree with it. Many folks in this country hide behind either poverty or apartheid to break the law, I do sincerely apologize if I sound unsympathetic or callous even but how would you feel if someone built on your land illegally? Did the residents even have title deeds?

      Voice Lentsoe - 2012-11-18 06:45

      You sound stupid and naive to understand a difference between informal settlement and Middle Class housing,some are still paying 4 those houses. show some empathy

  • kgosietsile.moiloa - 2012-11-18 06:01

    Always anc promise us beter life but they dont deliver, to destroy they are 2 fast. We the black we must stand up

  • ansie.b.badenhorst - 2012-11-18 06:15

    The silence on this issue could be understood. This must have been an inside job from the housing department officials and no one wants to take responibility. If Sexwale had to say something...what would he say? We never heard of anyone be arrested for selling land illegally, but now they say these perpetrators were caught and convicted. Does not gel.

  • Ignatious Kudzie Chikafu - 2012-11-18 06:41

    he was supposed to say something as the responsible minister. if he was to tell the that the land they had built on belonged to the gvt, so be it. his silence just proves that he is jus like Angie On the text book saga in Limpopo. his Ministry has underspent and yet its supposed to build houses out thr. he is just concerned abt Mangaung, useless minister

  • matong.tsiane - 2012-11-18 06:47

    Why should Sexwale waste his energy by commenting on criminal acts,our ANC is not tolerating lawlessness,may be Zuma and Shaik can do that!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:21

      Exactly, well said! It is not Sexwale's job to make changes to the law or comment on it. He must obey like everyone else. What do people want to hear? The truth or crocodile tears? You want crocodile tears I'm sure Malema will cry into his Johnny Walker blue label for you...

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-18 06:48

    Everyone seems to be searching for answers. It's easy guys, it's AFRICA where everything wrong is possible. Doing the right thing is the impossible because it takes education and ..... Never mind. It doesn't help

      Ponkie Diel - 2012-11-18 07:40

      In Africa he who controls the violence governs...

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:14

      He has as much right as you do to voice his displeasure about the situation. Who are you Mangoba to lay into him about how he doesn't deserve to be here? Take your racist bitterness elsewhere please! Loser.

  • erkhumalo - 2012-11-18 07:23

    Why were the housing department official silent when the people were building houses on the council land? If the land is earmarked for housing, why destroy houses worth close to ten million just to make a statement? Housing officials sold land to unsuspecting desperate people, the department must deal with their rotten office and stop the demolitions; are those people not South Africans? I would say legalized the ownership of the land to the people already there and stop this mess, is this not the same government of a party that claims to be the party of the people?

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-18 08:28

    Bloody great call Sanco ! And the rest of the anc, too !

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-18 08:46

    Life is cheap and lives are destroyed because of demolition of houses that they were told not to build....but life is not cheap and lives destroyed when murderers and criminals are treated like royalty and no death sentence...eish...

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-18 09:03

    Leadership qualities, really. I always thought that he was just a puppet!

  • Mandy Stone Necroluna - 2012-11-18 09:30

    it's a crying shame that so many of you have no sympathy for those who have patiently waited for their LEGAL homes to be built by the government - people who cant afford to buy land illegally and build their own homes, mind you. the law is for once trying to protect the downtrodden - something most of you frequently complain the law fails to do - and now you complain that it's doing it's job? have a heart for the people who have been robbed of their rightful homes by fraudsters and those who have basically stolen it out from under them.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-18 12:19

    he's just dong what zuma does when the poo hits the fan..

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-18 12:32

    Sexwale, just another opportunistic windbag.

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-11-18 13:04

    This is the same Sexwale who's married to a white woman. What is it that his white in-laws advising him on? Whites have taught him to be greedy and self centered. They tell him that it's about him and the white wife...

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:17

      that's all you see... colour. What about the man who does his job without having to steal? Pathetic. So who says blacks can't be racist? You are even racist against your own when you think they are not black enough.

  • siyambukaarchibald.sikrweqe - 2012-11-18 15:04

    Yes he's an opportunist.

  • gareth.plaatjies - 2012-12-01 13:23

    I'm a sanco leader n anc member but its so difficult to be associated with a movement which disappoint the poor voters...its actually a disgrace its all I can say.

  • gareth.plaatjies - 2012-12-01 13:23

    I'm a sanco leader n anc member but its so difficult to be associated with a movement which disappoint the poor voters...its actually a disgrace its all I can say.

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