Destroying houses best for poor - premier

2012-11-12 22:36

Johannesburg - The demolition of houses in Lenasia was in the best interests of poor residents, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday.

"We are acting in the best interests of the poor people, [who are] waiting somewhere in their shacks, in their backyards... waiting for their [government] houses to be built," Mokonyane told reporters in Johannesburg.

She said Lenasia residents, whose houses were being destroyed, knew about the land invasion a long time ago.

A court interdict in 2010 prevented the department of housing from demolishing the homes, and prevented residents from building new homes on the land.

Out of 164 illegal occupants, only 11 co-operated with the department.

"Out of that 11, only three have legal documentation," Mokonyane said.

She said the government was in the process of helping those three residents.

They would also be prioritised when new RDP houses were built, because of their co-operation.

She said the government had been sympathetic to the residents.

Although it was ordered to demolish the houses in September last year when they continued to erect houses despite the interdict, it began doing so only last week.

Mokonyane said the demolitions had to send a strong message to other fraudsters continuing to illegally sell land in Gauteng.

The department of housing began destroying the houses on Thursday and Friday.

It said the land on which they were built was meant for government housing. About 50 houses had been destroyed so far and another 113 had yet to be demolished.

Defending the demolitions, the department and said it was acting in line with the law.

On Monday, residents blockaded a road leading into Lenasia with rocks and burning tyres, in protest against the demolitions. They later cleared the road.

The demolitions have been widely condemned.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-12 22:40

    "We acted for the poor..." by breaking down houses.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-13 01:14

      This is simply too bizarre to believe. She is obviously on something?

      asteyn - 2012-11-13 01:44

      what an idiot

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-13 06:54

      Why not leave the people there until their RDP houses is ready and then move them.Why destroy their homes? This is really uncalled for!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-13 06:56

      And the previous government was demonized for doing similar things!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-11-13 07:07

      ...yes and let's vote for them again in the next election

      Kwajo.m - 2012-11-13 07:32

      ANC must loose the next general election. This must not go unanswered. Let them keep JZ as their candidate for president they are out. Farm workers are also striking, mines, e.t.c everything is going wrong. Is time they must go. They have contribute through liberating the country but now it's time for the new chapter.

      godesha - 2012-11-13 07:58

      It seems that everything the government does is in the interest of the poor. Amazing how quick they act when it is government land involved, but when it is private land - then it is a different story.

      ina.cripps - 2012-11-13 08:25

      Andre vanDeventer. At least the previous government moved evicted families into already built houses - which are still standing (where they weren't deliberately destroyed by anti-apartheid demonstrators) assisted them with the removals etc.

      vincent.mafooa - 2012-11-13 08:49

      God, I feel like smacking some sense into this womans head, seriously, how is demolishing these poor peoples homes best for them, where will they stay for now, and then she goes on & talks about 3 people that will be catered for, what about the rest? The reason people resorted in going ahead building their homes on the land, its because of your lies, and empty promises, people waited for years to have proper homes, they had to do this out of being desparate and needy, and this woman comes and tells us its for their best, am just appalled by such a retarded and stupid statement, from a woman nogal. cANCer tendencies at its best.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-13 08:51

      The real problem here, is that they were proper houses, not shacks. And that there were only 164 of them, not 2000. Might makes right; and the residents didn't have the numbers or the aggresion to keep the houses.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 09:35

      Sick in the head - like the rest of government. This simply should not be happening in this day and age. What's changed? The apartheid government did the same. It seems the ANC regard themselves as some 'higher authority', even above basic human rights?

      bongile.langa - 2012-11-13 11:16

      acted at interest of the poor, a u outa ur mind....hw do u "act at poor's interest" by taking away their hard-earned property...PLZZZZZZZZ!!

      Edward - 2012-11-13 15:34

      If the R1.4billion hadn't been used to renovate homes of government officials, if the R1.5billion isn't used to build the road to Zuma's house. That would be 60,000 RDP homes could be built. And if all corruption in the tender process would be eliminated then it would probably be 120,000 RDP homes.

      ad.madock - 2012-11-13 17:12

      In the olden days it was the NP who destroyed houses. Now its the ANC who destroys the houses of the very people who voted for them. What a price to pay for their votes.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 19:49

      Well the three people who did cooperate with the department are now first in line for new houses. It pays to listen. There's an open patch down the road from me. Nice view, maybe I can just go build myself a little holiday house?

      KennySven - 2012-11-13 20:12

      Another statement from an uneducated cANCer idiot.She must be on drugs.If cANCer returned the BILLIONS of Rands they have stolen/wasted sine 1994 there would be more than enough funds to build houses for the all the people. VIVA cANCer THIEVES VIVA.The masses will wake up BEWARE.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 14:01

      Some people Just read the headline and throw a tantrum!

      sheda.habib - 2012-11-14 17:51

      You guys are sooooo racist. I think our premier is useless HOWEVER nipping land grabs - land invasions - in the bud should have every legal landowner clapping their hands for the ANC. Otherwise it could be your land next.

  • ravi.govender.39 - 2012-11-12 22:50

    Is this woman feeling alright...?

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-11-13 03:43

      She cannot help herself, she has "anc a litis" !! First symptom - your brain dies but you keep your job as premier !!

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-13 17:11

      Guess who is not sleeping in these houses.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 12:54

      @ Deeteem>Some people just read the headline and comment!Hahahaaa Deeteem looking at your profile picture! It confirms my view that some people are only here to releave themselves!

  • pws69 - 2012-11-12 22:55

    I read this and thought "I wonder what the ANC sycophants, who are deathly quiet, would have had to say if this happened in Cape Town?" I'll list them Racist Bringing back apartheid The madam hates blacks right wingers Following in Verwoerd footsteps etc, etc, etc Why so quiet now ANC drones?

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-11-13 00:38

      double standards

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 16:09

      Why is the opposition quiet? It should be pointing out to these people and others that it is the ANC government that is destroying their livelihood!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 19:51

      Because the DA knows that they are acting according to the law of the land. You cannot simply go and build yourself a house on someone else's land.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 12:56

      @fidel> thats political opportunism, and might come back soon to roast! Not everybody lacks principles.

  • ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-12 22:56

    Madam Premeir, where were u when the houses wr being built??? Why was the 'illegal developments' stoped then, foundation phase?

      tw2066 - 2012-11-13 05:35

      Agreed 100%. HER staff were the instigators by committing fraud and the PUBLIC are paying the price. I need to ask then, by the same measure she hs used, IS THE ANC BEST FOR THE POOR?

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-13 07:33

      This whole fiasco stinks to high heaven! When we've built we had to buy the ground and prove to the bank that we owned it in order to get a bond. We then had to submit plans to the municipality before building and have inspectors check on the progress, several times. We had to pay for electricity and water connections. Apparently NONE of the above happened with this housing, the question is why not? At least 3 of her staff are in jail for fraudulently selling the land - why wasn't this all stopped then? If the people acquired the land fraudulently and apparently they did, there was more than enough time to halt development - unless of course all those responsible had their collective snouts so deep in the trough they didn't know what was going on. In which case FIRE them for not doing their jobs!!

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-13 07:42

      @tw2066 - we all know the cANCer is not the best for the poor... however unfortunately the poor will go and vote for the same idiots again and again. it may sound harsh, but you deserve what you voted for. Unless the poor wake up and change their attitude to voting nothing will ever change for them. more political education needs to be done in poor areas.

      vincent.mafooa - 2012-11-13 08:55

      @Lesley, good question there man, unfortunately they wont answer any of these, and considering the fact that they are retarded just like their pres. Well you must know that they wont fire these people who were implicated in the sale of land elligaly, instead they will just move them to a different department.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 19:51

      Ali... read the article again.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 12:59

      Well said Lesly!

  • SharonE - 2012-11-12 22:58

    It is so easy to say things like this when you live in a mansion - The ANC have lost touch with the people. Examples of this is evident - The comments above - Tasting champagne through their lips - Eating cake in private so as not to offend the poor They show no compassion, no mercy and no respect to the people who voted them into power DOWN WITH THE ROTTEN ANC - They will take from the poor to enrich themselves, and flaunt it to show their power!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-11-13 00:38

      SharonE - The problem is that it is not "our people" ruling the country. The people ruling the country are terrorist exiles who lived at least a third or more of their lives in foreign countries and that were allowed back into the country after decades of living abroad. They were not South Africans! They were foreigners that came back into the country and handed the reigns. They came back thinking that South Africa was as it was in the early 1960's when they fled. Would any other country in the world have allowed a group of terrorists, recently returned exiles that were spread across the world for decades, together with recently-discharged prisoners found guilty of high-treason, to take over their country?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-11-13 01:13

      The New South Africa was doomed from the outset because of the ignorance of those that thought they could change the character of undisciplined out-of-control revolutionaries by forcing them into conventional western politics. People expected the ANC to change overnight from a terrorist movement to a patriotic political party. Today we are blaming the ANC, accusing them of being corrupt, blaming the ANC for collapsing this country, but who's fault is it really? It’s not the fault of the ANC, it’s the fault of those who put the ANC in power in the first place.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:38

      Sharon we need Law abiding Citizens to take our Country forward, The Government warn these people long time ago in 2006, But since some of the Government officials are corrupt , and they are from community,How they did get it right to build houses in Urban areas without House plans approved the JHB Council, Please stop blaming the Government. Do you obey this Country laws, then please stop blaming poverty we are all come from poverty and we respect the Conutry;s lawa

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 09:40

      100% denise. Unfortunately this is what the masses will never understand or accept, and you will labelled a right winger / racist for saying it like it is. Oh well, down the toilet we go......

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 09:46

      Look deeper silas. With good management this did not have to happen, and it certainly does not have to be solved like this. You stop defending this stupid corrupt government. They do not know how to run a country and should simply admit that and get out. But of course, whilst on the gravy train there's no chance of that is there?

      flysouth - 2012-11-13 10:44

      @denise.ryan.5203 It has been said by more than one political commentator that the returning ANC after 1990, had less in common with the average working black person in SA than an alien visitor from Mars would have had! We have observed over 19 years just how true accurate that comment was.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 13:06

      @ Denise. Did you take mampuru again for breakfast and lunch Denise! Shocking levels of ignorance.Are you a product of home schooling! Or did Eskom cart electricity to your farm for the past 18 years so no tv only DIE BEELD, or are you from jail? I cant believe what you wrote above.

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-11-12 23:04

    It truly was heart breaking to see it on tv. SA is clocking highway speed limits in reverse. I'm disgusted.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-11-12 23:07

    Self righteous callous woman! She should have her mansion in Bryanston demolished so the poor can have dwelling there! Her actions have ruined people who believed that they had title deeds for what they bought from scammers and then paid money to built proper houses for themselves. I could use some very rude words but her conduct is appalling and cruel. It is indicative of how far removed our governments are from the people whom they cannot serve and do not want to serve

      pws69 - 2012-11-12 23:17

      Yup, notice how quiet they are about charging the corrupt Home Affairs deployed cadres who facilitated the whole fiasco? Mmm. Yup, blame the victims once again and pretend the ANC are angels. Scum.

      mary.kircher - 2012-11-30 22:41

      Judith - I agree - see the post above from Denise Ryan.5203 - that is the truth. There was a choice of education or liberation, those who came back from imprisionment/excile, chose libertion - that has been our downfall - how can you liberate people who are not educated, the poor are worse off than they were with no hope either !

  • John - 2012-11-12 23:14

    This statement demonstrates the STUPIDITY of this arrogant public SERVANT APPOINTEE!!

  • robert.rob.7505 - 2012-11-12 23:14

    "The demolition of houses in Lenasia was in the best interests of poor residents" - Give that woman many a HELL!

  • evanknowles - 2012-11-12 23:15

    "They would also be prioritised when new RDP houses were built, because of their co-operation." My, that's an ominous statement. And what message exactly is being sent to the illegal sellers of this land? They're long gone with their money -- in fact, this gives them the chance to sell the land again.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:17

      She was speaking of the 3 people that complied in not building anymore when they were asked.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 19:55

      Oh I'm sure they can trace these illegal sellers who are all government employees.. Time to clean house ANC because they are making you look very bad.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-12 23:16

    This is absolutely disgusting.

  • Erna - 2012-11-12 23:17

    If the whole area is meant for RDP housing - 1. how do 3 people have legal documentation, and 2. why is it taking the government so long to build these 'houses for the poor'?

      majwarha.balakisi - 2012-11-12 23:42

      I can't answer the first question but my guess is that they might have used correct channels when buying the land. Second. Its taking so long because the government has been in and out of courts since early 2000s try to get those people out of that land.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:42

      Beacuse you occupy the land illegal

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:20

      They can not build houses here as 133 build houses illegaly on this site. We can not 1 day decide I would like a big home and build it on other peoples property. We need law and order in SA, building without consent homes is illegal.

  • thabiso.goba - 2012-11-12 23:19

    From where im sitting it sounds like this:- Government: \Hey guys, residents of Lenasia, we jus' came by down here to unceremoniusly demolish your houses, you got about an hour to digest all this

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:21

      Not 1 hour, 6 years. They were warned in 2006 not to build here.

  • andile.tyhaliti - 2012-11-12 23:27

    This is utter nonsense from the Premier. The fraudsters do not care abt their victims.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:44

      But warning was issue from the Premier in 2006

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 09:50

      Yes silas, but it's a little more complicated than that isn't it. Warning people doesn't solve problems. If the apartheid government was doing this you would be out in the street throwing stones.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:22

      I am with Silas, maybe they should have thrown them out in 2006 already?

  • brutus.oscar - 2012-11-12 23:36

    banana republic in action.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-12 23:38

    I'm sure all will remember this comment when the elections are happening.. don't worry we shall remind your voters for you!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-12 23:43

    Reminiscent of the destruction of the allied town of Ben Tre in South Vietnam by the US Marines in 1968. The US Marine commander -- wearing the straightest of faces -- declared "we had to destroy the town in order to save it".

      luytster - 2012-11-13 00:31

      And Mad Bob to when he demolished all the shacks that his opposition voters erected.

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-12 23:45

    "a strong message to other fraudsters" - WHAT is the message premier? That they should not continue with fraud because after they sell the land illegally you are going to destroy the houses built on that very land? HOW IS THAT GOING TO STOP THE FRAUDSTERS???? You are a total FAILURE of a human being! No matter what - you NEED to hear the issues here: the fraudsters made victims of those people that you have NOW victimised further by putting them on the streets! The fact that they fell for those fraudsters is also a result of the education you guys LOVE to destroy! And the poor people that are "waiting" for the rdp houses that you now say that it helps THEM: How is THIS helping THESE poor people? Or were they rich? HOW do they not qualify in being poor enough that you had to destory their houses? What is this Israel???? FACE IT- you could not solve ANYTHING with a proper approach! You think this is solving matters??? You have helped the fraudsters in destroying these lives! SHAME on you and SHAME on those who continue voting people like yourself into power!

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-12 23:49

      Well said Anikenvader.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:47

      Message passed, like whe you buy a stolen car from a dealer and dont go for Clearance, and these people were lucky beecause they new for years. We pay our debts , And always shortcut cause more, And africanslike these and tomorrow blame somebody

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-11-13 00:08

    these houses were 100 times better than the houses that the wind blew down at Kimberley. These people must take legal action ASAP

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-13 09:59

      The houses were/are better because the people who built them PAID for them out of their own pockets and therefore had pride in them! Sadly I doubt the people have the money to take legal action nor do they have a leg to stand on if they were duped and bought the land fraudulently. I do however believe they have the right to go to the human rights commission (if they have not already done so) to demand that the destruction is stopped, immediately, and that alternate accommodation be supplied before any more houses get demolished. I still don't understand how destroying good homes helps anyone in favour of building RDP shacks some time in the future! The houses should be incorporated into the development planned for the area even if this (development) will only take place in 100 years from now (at the rate the anc delivers) The anc are bullies with no foresight or planning unless it is to enrich themselves at the taxpayer's expense!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:24

      One small problem is that they did not own the land. You can not decide 1 day to build a massive home on someone elses property, especially not the states property.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-13 12:32

      @deon.louw.7505 BUT according to the government it is perfectly alright to use taxpayers money to enlarge/refurbish a PRIVATE residence on private land if it happens to belong to the anc president? NOT arguing with you just pointing out that there are two sets of rules at play. NEITHER is correct or fair!

  • mphotokornel - 2012-11-13 00:27

    Corrupt premier sies man!!u r breaking down a 5 roomed house to cum nd build a low quality 4 roomed house???shame on u

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:53

      Guys, then i will go and Build a mansion in Sandton with no legal documents and none will stop me,People were stopped before then. Some people want to be the law unto themselves, because they are Africans they own the land.Our Democracy will fall apart with ANC and its corrupt supporters that force any unlawfull action as long as they benefit from it.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-11-13 00:37

    I hear the is PLENTY room in ZumaVille.. Pack up and go!

  • di.hingley - 2012-11-13 00:57

    There speaks someone who has a roof over their head tonight and tomorrow night and the night after that..............

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-11-13 09:56

      Follow corect channels and you will have a PEACE OF mind. Our people crying poverty but they always like to go illigal expensive route to get things. They called at Housing Department, but only 11 went.

      di.hingley - 2012-11-13 13:32

      I understand what you saying Silas, but my concern is, we are dealing with people that are not fully educated and they are scared that going forward to right the wrongs they will end up with nowhere to live again. The RDP houses are not being built fast enough and those that are, are of poor quality. So much for the promise that everyone will have a house in 10 years after our historic free heart breaks.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-13 01:04

    take note DA you can destroy houses that is illegally built on invaded lan the president has been set but trust me if you do the same tomorrow you'll be called racists...the bloody hypocrites

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-11-13 02:28

    Really reasoning like a woman who is a living prove that school doesn't really shame your IQ into rational thinking#

  • jnavetta - 2012-11-13 03:24

    what would be best for the poor is if the government were not spending R 238 million on one house in Natal !! plus one Billion for a road next to it !!! What hypocrisy !!!!!

      lynne.barker.7 - 2012-11-13 05:53

      Well said - but the masses who blindly vote for ANC will NOT listen to reason

  • anton.wilcox.9 - 2012-11-13 03:36

    She is a big fock up lady how can she say something like that

      Ayefeli Mudau - 2012-11-13 05:05

      people lost their money gvmnt must do something.

      vincent.mafooa - 2012-11-13 09:19

      lol @Ayefeli, but this is the government that screwed them over, so what exactly is it going to do now? perhaps screw them over and over again, then that will be doing something. @Anton she cares not, she has a mansion and body gaurds, and look at that weave on her head, looks like a cayote asssss. retarded woman just like her pres...!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 20:00

      LOL the government must do something... Wake up Ayefeli, no on is going to do a damn thing. They are all too busy stealing everything they can lay their hands on... Welcome to the world's biggest bunfight!

  • ADDIBERNETTE - 2012-11-13 04:55

    thinking about these idiotic utterances by the gauteng premier makes me ask the question..''what weed is this one on?''or did she consult a sangoma to give her advice to demolish these houses? my grade 7 pupils scoffed at this debacle.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-13 05:12

    Once again the government has failed to take into consideration any part of the constitution when carying out this pathetic act.section 21,if my memory serves me right, of your constitution states it clearly....South Africa belongs to all who live in it.Also, if there was an interdict preventing them from demolishing houses it should depict them as rogues who do not respect the judicial system when they go ahead and do it.Not to mention the hypocracy surrounding their claims that they want to distribute land to the poor people in the so called 'attempts to correct the ills of the past'.signs of too much power and selfishness plus jealosy that people can build their own homes outide rdp programes.this is sickening.

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-11-13 05:22

    News24. U faled to report correctly again, why didn't u say \illegal houses\, even the majority of those residents were illegal residents, POOR REPORTING news24

      kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-13 05:28

      It doesn't matter if its illegal really, there's tons of land in South Africa, benefit is we increasing urbanisation, somebody still gets to live in a house? The disadvantages are that the \anc\ don't get their land?

      kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-13 05:28

      It doesn't matter if its illegal really, there's tons of land in South Africa, benefit is we increasing urbanisation, somebody still gets to live in a house? The disadvantages are that the \anc\ don't get their land?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:38

      It does matter if they are illegal or not, I agree with Kenny. When you are illegal, you have no legal standing.

  • mpho.rametsi.3 - 2012-11-13 05:22

    Good heavens I thaught apartheid was done and dusted with! Wata F** is this,Some of these houses are homes to pupils who are in the middle of their exams how do you expect them to do well, these are the same people you'll expect to vote for you, realy there should have been a better solution to this than destroying properties that people have sweat blood to build no no no people let's boycot the next elections NO VOTING Zuma and his mistresses they've failed the nation

      ravit.reddy.3 - 2012-11-13 06:44

      You cannot boycott the elections, this would be a vote for the ANC. Go out in numbers to vote the opposition into power.

      Zahir - 2012-11-13 07:14

      This is the anc version of apartheid

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 20:06

      what saddens me most is that this is where its clear that education has failed in this country. Only three people knew their rights and insisted on proper legal documentation, I assume, so that they had proof they acted in good faith. The rest are either squatting or paid money to some corrupt official and have no proof of the transaction. Do you think the ANC couldn't have overhauled education in SA if they really wanted to? Or safety and security? Please. Look how well SARS runs. Tollgates and increasing petrol prices are just the beginning.

  • kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-13 05:30

    Where are all the die hard anc screw ups now? Secondly there are acres and acres of land so what if they built there, build the new houses some where else. Thirdly the fraudelent brokers don't give a f about demolishing houses, it affects real people

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-11-13 05:31

    WTF ? I am gob smacked !

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-13 05:31

    STUPID BLACK? or CLEVER BLACK? The law in SA says you "CANNOT DO THIS" any longer. People that engage in illegal activity have all the rights, not people in authority with the best intentions, and LAND belongs to those that invade it! Go ask all the dead farmers!

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-13 05:32

    Mugabe is their Father.

  • johannes.ramara - 2012-11-13 05:34

    The so called a Premeir of Gauteng. Can you please let this people rent this land from the council while busy with the case against the fraudsters. After the court case help them to get their moneys from the fraudsters and tell the to get alternative accomodation somewhere. Some of the fraudsters are people in your goovernment that you have to deal with. Example one of the officials in housing selling Rdp houses in Eden Park. Etv did expose him and you did not take action.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-13 05:49

      Johannes you absolutely correct in what you say there are alsom many incomplete RDP houses just standing due to corruption and nothing is being done to the officials. Investigations are taking too long or not being done at all!! I don't understand how they can demolish a house that's alrady built??!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:44

      When I go and build a nice home on a empty stand of my neighbour I stand a big chance in it being demolished. People need to make sure they buy property through lawyers and deed's offices.

  • mpho.kgosiemang.56 - 2012-11-13 05:42

    government warned the people before they where evaded, but again must also think for the members of the families more especially children.

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2012-11-13 05:42

    y is no 1 marching! not 1 lying on the ground/dancing, anc there goes ur votes! cum on jz share that billions, ur chance 2 shine!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-11-13 05:46

    The ignorant masses who vote for the ANC no matter what they do are the real reason why this country is in a shambles - they just won't listen to reason. We simply HAVE TO HAVE A CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT

  • eliasmziwenhlanhla.dlaminilatha - 2012-11-13 05:47

    Useless leadership people who can't think as leaders. Their thinking depend on the law. It very bad to destroy expensive houses for the same poor people she is talkin about.What is different between this goverment and aparitheid gov.

      Sello PilaPila Mabebo - 2012-11-13 06:14

      My frnd we dont have president yet.

      ravit.reddy.3 - 2012-11-13 06:46

      we all voted this one into power

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-13 12:37

      @ravit.reddy.3 Oh NO we ALL did NOT vote this one into power!! We had THIS one forced onto us by ignoramuses who fell for empty promises, a T shirt and KFC meal. Unfortunately we'll have to wait for them (and you?) to vote them out again.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-11-13 05:50

    No coutry can afford lawlessness.Everything must be done within the framework of the law,but perhaps most important,it(the law) must apply equally to everybody.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-13 20:11

      Exactly, I have dealt with tenants who refused to pay rent and it took more than nine months to have them legally evicted. In the end the black woman who bought the property had her big sons go round and chat to them... sometimes the law needs a helping hand!

  • osama.pascal - 2012-11-13 06:01

    I also want what our politicians smoke.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-13 06:03

    Arrogant spin, what utter rubbish. In a country where we have a housing shortage and people living in shacks we can't afford to destroy houses which people innocently built with their money. This government is not for the people but for the elite. Even the DA wouldn't do such a wasteful stupid thing.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 12:46

      Wait till someone builds on your property, the DA also removed some illegal homes at Hangberg, someone lost an eye in the process.

  • MAVHUTSA - 2012-11-13 06:09

    Let's vote for somethng else nt these criminals

      Zahir - 2012-11-13 07:07

      Even to vote pac or cope is better than no vote we need to get anc out now

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-11-13 06:11

    this r the same citizen who must vote in2014.there is no difference between dis government and apartheid one.where is he da leader of the country we slept well in his house with his wives,wheres pple r homeless.there is still a land in SA where Gauteng can help the poor then making pple poor.DEVIL HAS PENETRATED DIS GOVERNMENT AND THE SPIRIT OF UBUNTU IS GONE,GREED HAS ENGULF THEIR HEARTS.we will end up opting for whites bcose today is black against black.ANC is too satanic now.2014 im not voting i even dont care.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-13 06:12

    The ANC government is treating the poor blacks worse than than the previous regime. This ANC deployee sees no wrong in demolishing houses that had been built on a land that was allocated for low cost housing. The fraudsters who sold them the land took advantage of the inefficiency of the government to provide these low cost houses. The fact that a few are legal occupants and the rest not, says to me the fraudsters are either government officials or have access to confidential government information including department of human settlements templates . Poor people are not benefiting from this government (poor workmanship on RDP houses, no jobs,no school books, expired medication in public hospitals). Come 2014 the ANC will be invading this territory with more empty promises.

      johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-13 06:24

      @ Sefako .but the very same people u reffering to according to the Gauteng housing Dpt were warned abt the so called scam they instead defied the warning n cotinue to build houses in these land ,Stop condoning lawlessness in these country ,m happy its a lesson for the so called would be illegal occupiers of land

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-11-13 06:12

    When are you going to tear down the mansions being built on low cost property in KZN and when are you going to tear down the buildings at the value of R203 000 000....

  • WalkerC1097 - 2012-11-13 06:14

    Maybe I'm just too stupid to comprehend this but shouldn't they try to lower the rates of homeless people and not increase it as quick as possible?????

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-11-13 06:16

    you have destroyed their houses... so they must now join the cue of people waiting for houses to be built... i sense a few nuts and bolts missing here...

  • sharlene.cochrane - 2012-11-13 06:16

    While she lives in her mansion, these people have no homes anymore. I am speechless. I'm sure there are children and babies left homeless too. She should be ashamed of herself. Why weren't these people offered alternative accommodation first? And then there's Nkandla!!!!

      bongile.langa - 2012-11-13 11:44

      Wonder does she sleep peacefully at nyt aftr takin such incosiderate nd idiotic decisionz....

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-13 06:23

    I'm afraid housing for the people is not a priority for the Govt!!!