SACP welcomes halt on demolitions

2012-11-15 21:37

Johannesburg - The decision to halt the demolition of houses illegally erected on government land in Lenasia, was welcomed by the SA Communist Party in Gauteng on Thursday.

Provincial secretary Jacob Mamabolo said this would give the residents, who were mostly black people, a break from the frustration of the lingering demolitions.

"We strongly reaffirm our well known position that these demolitions are backward, insensitive and unwarranted in the light of the many options that exist to manage such and other related contradictions," he said.

The SACP said it would continue to support the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in its attempt to halt the demolitions.

"We applaud the SAHRC for proactively taking a clear, principled and consistent stand against the Gauteng provincial government."

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard from the department's lawyers that no houses would be destroyed until proceedings resumed in court on November 23.

The department of local government and housing has torn down 50 houses in Lenasia. It said they were built on land intended for government housing.

The department claimed residents were warned not to build houses there, and maintained that it was acting within the law.

However, the SAHRC took the matter to court.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-11-16 04:39


  • jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-16 06:10

    why does it make a difference that they are "mostly black people"? Surely the rule of law applies to all, and in the same breath, the right to dignity and fair treatment?

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-11-16 07:23

    If this land is for government housing, why do they have to pull down brick houses? This doesn't make sense. And why allow them in the first place to get as far as building walls around a brick home and then knocking it down. Why didn't they knock it down when the first brick was laid. And please tell me why demolitions always take place right before Xmas holidays?? I think some people just like to pile the misery on those less fortunate. Sadistic??? Yes I think so!!

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