End lawlessness in Lenasia - Sexwale

2012-11-26 18:37

Johannesburg - A solution to the situation in Lenasia will not tolerate or protect lawlessness, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Monday.

Addressing two rival groups of residents at the civic centre in Lenasia South, Sexwale said he was visiting the area to bring unity.

He told armed police separating the groups to leave.

Before he got there, people claiming to be legal residents of the area chased away residents of extension 13, where houses were demolished last week.

Two women slapped, pushed and hit each other, and most of the "invaders" were locked out of the civic hall's yard.

Sexwale told the people whose houses were being demolished that he was not, as they had said, their last hope. He urged them to help the government catch the fraudsters who sold them the land.

"It's your job to reveal all those who sold you the land."

He called on those who knew they were participating in a scam, and those who claimed not to have known that what they were doing was illegal, to come forward and help the department.

He said he was visiting Lenasia not because Cabinet had sent him, but because he was genuinely concerned about the residents.

The crowd, which at first was hostile, eventually applauded Sexwale and, at the end of his talk, sang: "izindlu, ziya setshenzelwa [one works to get a house]... "

Almost three weeks ago, the Gauteng department of local governance and housing demolished about 50 houses. The department said it was acting within the law because the houses were on government land.

On Thursday, the Cabinet instructed Sexwale to work with the provincial department to reach a solution.

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-26 19:08

    those people willingly participated with these fraudsters, so let the gauteng government continue demolishing those houses,

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-26 19:29

    Refrase tokyo, stop this lawlessness in the entire country not only Lenasia.Help report the cadres who are stealing from the fiscus.I think you missed the plot on the State of the Nation.How do you expect the people to assist the government to catch the fraudsters when the cadres themselves are fraudsters and criminals?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-26 19:39

      According to a radio i/view this afternoon, some politricksters have already been caught in the Lenasia scam. Allegedly at least one politrickster was an 'owner' who had his/her house mowed down. Lenasia is yet another microcosm of the many failures of the government to address housing and to have adequate processes, procedures and systems in place to prevent this. How an entire lot of houses goes up, gets lived in and presumably serviced by water and electricity without any authority noticing is incomprehensible.

  • robert.rob.7505 - 2012-11-26 19:31

    How dare you say "End Lawlessness"??? This ANC regime is the MOST lawless syndicate in the whole of this Godforsaken country!

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-26 20:12

    Those who sold the land on which houses were built illegally will never be caught. And that is because they are ANC members. Stealing, bribery, corruption and lack of manners is what qualifies anyone to become a leader of the ANC

  • swaran2 - 2012-11-26 20:36

    Lawlessness, ya right, go talk to Zuma about that.

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-11-26 21:26

    Mfm, mara news24, why Tokyo was at Lenasia????????? I read this more than 1nce, no story!

  • RudiErnst - 2012-11-27 00:09

    Wow, a government minister arrived at a scene of political value, only just behind Julius. That little shark smelled blood in the water long before Tokyo smelled anything other than profits. That said, Julius might find somebody is willing to take him up on the offer to be a human shield in Lenasia. Many logical South Africans appreciate his gesture and look forward to his offer being accepted.

  • seventhheavenproperties - 2012-11-27 05:13

    "He said he was visiting Lenasia not because Cabinet had sent him, but because he was genuinely concerned about the residents." - I do not understand why he waited for an instruction - was he not able to show concern, without the instruction ?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-27 08:36

    An issue behind Lanasia that nobody wants to talk about besides the out right corruption perpetrated by well connected cANCer fraudsters is that it seems that Lanasia residents who are Moslem completely support the destruction of these 'illegal' houses. The strange thing is that there is huge tracks of land private and government occupied by illegal land invading people who have built homes, but nowhere else has the destructive action taken place as cold heartily as this, even the Nationalist provided alternative housing when it came to forced removals..... In this case these people seemed to have been duped, and the cANCer wants to blame the people who bought from these cANCer fraudsters but not one of their cadre's have been arrested or are in jail. The question now is who and which other community is the cANCer going to target next with their bulldozing tactics? It is the ANC's fault for allowing this Lenasia matter to grow out of all proportion, and besides destroying what was already built there are actually many other ways of sorting out this matter besides destroying these houses. As much as the ANC is to blame, it is also up to the buyer to be aware of the dangers of dealing with any person in the ANC government, as Lenasia is open prove that very few ANC cadre's can be trusted and it is best to ensure that any business done in any official capacity is double checked and double checked again.

      faerrab - 2012-11-27 11:06

      Lenasia residents have to put up with Four Squatter camps and the associated grime, murder, theft. Contrary to your statement about Muslims it is the fault of Muslims tha there are squatter camps and illegal invaders as they tolerate this crap by feeding and providing charity to the invaders and squatters. Tell the invaders to go to Soweto or Bryanston and see if they will be tolerated there. BTW Lenasians pay higher utility rates to subsides all the electricity and water stolen by squatters and illegal invaders. Africans want everything for free period.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-27 09:50

    Lawless people practice lawlessness. Third grade politicians practice fluff.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-11-27 12:39

    This dude is another ANC buffoon. Sits in jail and walks out owning a platinum mine. the only palpable position he has held to my knowledge is minister of human settlements and as far as I am concernced he has accomplishes absolutely jack sh-t. So, lets leave the flatliner to talk and lets get on with something else

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