Lenasia: Punish crooked officials - ANC

2012-11-20 17:48

Johannesburg - Action needs to be taken against government officials involved in the illegal sale of land in Lenasia, the Gauteng ANC said on Tuesday.

"In many instances, government officials are implicated [in the sale of land], and we want firm action against them," African National Congress provincial secretary David Makhura told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The ANC calls on all municipalities and government departments to tighten measures to deal decisively with illegal land occupation or unlawful sale of land."

He said houses were demolished in Lenasia because a previous agreement by residents not to build on the land had been "breached".

"When they continue to build and when they put up a wall or a roof at night it means they do know [it is illegal]."

He said the ANC understood some residents had innocently purchased land believing the sale was legal.

"The victims need to come forward and expose the criminal syndicates, including government officials who are involved in crime and corruption so that they can face the full might of the law."

The demolition of the houses began last Thursday. 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 with the department's logo.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) took the issue to court and, on Monday last week, won and urgent application forcing the department to stop the demolitions for 24 hours.

That order was extended for a day on Tuesday, and on Thursday, lawyers for the local government and housing department told the court no houses would be demolished until court proceedings began on 23 November.

However, on Monday, the Gauteng housing department started breaking down houses in small clusters in the area.

The housing department said the SAHRC's court application did not affect an existing court order granting it permission to demolish the houses.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-20 18:18

    Corruption is always at the expense of the poor and the powerless. No one will be found and punished since it is not in the nature of corrupt regimes to do so.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-20 18:22

      Bla bla bla, you are all crooks even those who needs to give the punishment... you are a bunch of buffoons incapable of governing, we laugh at you.

  • ingwani.sithole - 2012-11-20 18:27

    Demolishing must stop please Anc.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-20 22:09 must be painfull to you to see YOUR ANC destroying houses, sold to YOUR ANC supporters illegally by YOUR ANC Cadres. For once I notice you did not sign off with your trade mark "my anc, my future"

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-20 18:41

    That should be the first step,and then make those corrupt officials reimburse the people,not demolish their houses.Had this government not been CORRUPT this would not have happened.Obviously they have learnt well from their master. As the saying goes"the fish rots from the head".

  • bcluley - 2012-11-20 18:48

    Thats why i love the anc.they just proving how useless they are.and whats even more amusing is that people actually vote for them.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-11-20 18:53

    Why aren't we surprised I ask? The ANC ARE FINISHED - vote of no confidence in Zuma and the entire govt. HAS to go through now if we are to save this country from total ruin

  • quantron - 2012-11-20 18:54

    I must congratulate the ANC party on this delightful mess. A lot of those people undoubtedly voted for the ANC at some point in the past, and it is due to the ANC's lack of self-restraint and self-control that these people are unlikely to do so again. The ruling party is injuring itself in a battle with itself, and they are bleeding votes.

  • joan.hovelmeier - 2012-11-20 19:11

    Time the poor realised that the ANC will always will be corrupt, from the top down Zuma leads and so they follow, whilst the poor suffer, time they took a stance against the ANC, Mad Robert promises every year and where have the poor gained, no where they still live in mud huts and beg for food! Same in SA

  • tw2066 - 2012-11-20 19:15

    ANC are a bunch of clowns - really. The obvious is stated and is said like its a break through - a revelation. Then they say the victims must come forward - until the ANC bulldozed their homes they werent victims - they were home owners. Either the electorate is too dumb to see this or the ANC just couldnt care for the people.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-11-20 19:18

    This is a difficult one. Why are there so many crooks and corrupt officials in SA? It's because it all filters down from the top. And unfortunately it's allways the man in the street that has to pay the price. If the city managers were above board and did they job efficiently they would nip fraud in the bud and therefore keep everybody honest. Unfortunately this is not the case.

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-11-20 19:44

    I think that the officials are probably ANC supporters or members. The Association of National Criminals is being hypocritical by wanting their members punished. Let's demolish Nkandla, which is also corruptly erected.

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-11-20 20:29

    Heading should have read: "Punish crooked anc officials"

  • hugo.lategan - 2012-11-20 21:41

    "When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability." Proverbs 28:2 New Living Translation.

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-11-21 06:30

    ok so the ANC are saying the ANC must be punished???

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2012-11-21 06:49

    The question is why hasn't action been taken against these corrupt Government officials in the last few years. Why hasn't the ANC done this already and we would have respected it. Calling for this now is a little late and says we have not done our job and we endorsed corruption.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-11-21 07:39

    You mean action against the whole of the government... They did this, and now they breaking it down... Why?? because we are slaves... that's why... Go do some studying on your Pineal Gland... Trust me... and you will discover just how much they lie to us... haha.. were blinded by them... We as the Majority, has been poisoned to think we are the Minority... Your government has gone to levels where even your water is poisoned, you might not think so... but Fluoride.. BAD for your pineal glad... your pineal gland is the thing that makes you think a bit further, and a nation capable of thinking... is a DANGER to a government...

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