City of Joburg demolishes 21 homes on illegally occupied land in Ebony Park

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Excavator demolishes one  of the houses built illegally on invaded land in Ebony Park.
Excavator demolishes one of the houses built illegally on invaded land in Ebony Park.
City of Joburg
  • The City of Joburg has demolished 21 homes in Ebony Park.
  • It is alleged that the houses were built on land that belongs to Joburg Property Company and Joburg City Parks and Zoo.
  • The community tried to stop the demolitions but metro police dispersed them.

Ebony Park residents watched in horror as homes they had built in the area, allegedly on land belonging to the Joburg Property Company and Joburg City Parks and Zoo, were demolished  before their eyes.

Some residents tried to stop the demolitions and officials were then forced to pull back. But Johannesburg Metro Police Department officials later managed to disperse them and the operation continued.

The Single Law Enforcement (SLE) unit within the City's Department of Development Planning, ordered that 21 homes should be demolished. According to the unit, the land was never allocated and was illegally occupied.

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Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Development Planning, Thapelo Amad, said the operation was intended to curb lawlessness in the City and to urge all residents to adhere to regulations and refrain from illegal land occupations.

He said the demolitions were not intended to punish residents but rather to teach and encourage them to take ownership and pride in their city.

"We want to drive Johannesburg to be a world-class African City," said Amad, adding that they had a duty to promote the legalities of all structures."

Amad said:

We do our best to empower communities by educating them on the various programmes and activities of the department and are available to guide residents of how they can comply.

Law enforcement officers were expected to "closely monitor" the area and its surroundings to ensure that illegal building did not continue.

The City revealed that a nearby park that was unveiled only a few years ago was also vandalised as a result of the alleged land occupation.

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