Sanco to form human shield to stop more Lenasia homes being destroyed : Sunday 11 November 2012

Sanco to form human shield to stop more Lenasia homes being destroyed

Sunday 11 November 2012 19:33

Njanji Chauke

On Thursday and Friday the provincial government bulldozed 51 homes, built illegally on state land(SABC)

The Human Rights Commission will ask for an interdict to stop more homes being destroyed in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. The Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing has bulldozed 51 homes illegally built on state property.


The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) says its members will form a human shield to stop any more houses from being demolished in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.


On Thursday and Friday the provincial government bulldozed 51 homes, built illegally on state land. There has been mounting public anger over the action.


Dozens of stranded families have spent the weekend with neighbours and friends and for others, it has been an anxious 48 hours.

 

A Lenasia resident, Shahieda de Fries is one those who are anxious. Her home is earmarked for demolition. "I really will not be able to handle it because where am I really going to go? I have nowhere to go. My family and friends are there but I really have lost so much, I cannot go back to living on the streets."

 

Civil society movements were shocked and dismayed by scenes that surfaced as the bulldozers demolished homes.

 

We were not consulted and we are saying if they come here tomorrow we will be here in numbers

Sanco’s Thomas Thaga says: "We were not consulted and we are saying if they come here tomorrow we will be here in numbers. We have already touched base with our structures in the area, we will be here as human shields."

 

September National Imbizo’s Andile Mgxitama says: "It is shocking in a country which has not been able to resolve its housing question when people take the initiative, buy property whoever from built without asking a cent from government and government thanks them by unleashing this sort of demolition."

 

The Gauteng Housing meanwhile says demolitions will resume after further consultation with the police. A meeting is scheduled between the two tomorrow afternoon.

 

 The Department's Anti Fraud and Corruption Unit says fraudsters had sold several stands with fraudulent Deeds of Sale which bore the Department's official logo.

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