City of Joburg threatens to evict relatives illegally occupying pensioners' units

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The City of Johannesburg's housing department wants people living illegally in units meant for pensioners to leave - otherwise, it will take legal action. 

"There are some tenants who live with their families who do not qualify to live in the rental stock for senior citizens as the minimum criteria are above the age of 55," Housing MMC Mlungisi Mabaso said in a statement on Sunday.

Mabaso added some pensioners lived with their children and grandchildren, who inherited the units when they died. 

He said the units were meant to provide independent living for pensioners who did not need frail care, so young people moving in were blocking older tenants who could be living there. 

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Mabaso added alcohol and drug abuse in and around the facilities was also compromising the safety of pensioners who should be living there in peace. 

"We will, unfortunately, have to take legal action should they not vacate voluntarily."

He called for an urgent occupancy audit to determine who was occupying the units and who should vacate immediately and wanted to know how the rules were flouted for so many people to be illegally occupying the units. 


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