12 November 2012

South Africa: Gauteng Housing Department Shows No Sympathy to Lenasia Residents

Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN
A destroyed house (file photo): The site of families fighting for their homes has touched a chord for many South Africans.

press release

The IFP is appalled by the Gauteng Housing Department's actions in demolishing the homes of Lenasia residents who bought the land for up to R95000 from fraudsters using official government documents. With housing already a major issue in the province, the lack of forethought towards how the residents will survive shows a severe lack of compassion.

IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, said, "The Housing Department failed to deal with the issue of Lenasia properly, through proper interaction with the residents and providing them with alternatives. The fact that they have title deeds from the Department needs to be investigated further. This demolition of homes should not have happened."

These demolitions bring back memories of the Apartheid Government's actions of driving people off their land. The Department does not seem to have taken the consequences into consideration and washed its hand of any means of assisting the residents.

"With exams in progress and the holiday season almost upon us, the residents find themselves homeless. This situation will have a negative impact on the children who lived in these homes and put unnecessary economic and emotional pressure on the parents," said Sithole.

The IFP believes that the ANC-led Gauteng Government has failed to fight corruption inside its ranks and the people of Lenasia are paying the price.

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