Lenasia locals protest housing demolition

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About 37 residents lost their houses as Department of Housing officials accompanied by members of the police demolised houses that were built on illegal land in Lenasia, south of Gauteng. Photo: Itumeleng English

Johannesburg - A group of Lenasia South residents protested on Friday against the destruction of homes by the local government, Gauteng police said.

The protesters in Extension 13 on Thursday evening barricaded roads and set tyres on fire, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The protests continued on Friday morning.

He said no one had been arrested or injured.

The protests came after the destruction of 37, out of 113 houses, which the Gauteng department of housing said were illegally built.

“Investigations by the department's anti-fraud and corruption unit revealed that fraudsters sold several stands ranging from R 2 500 - R 95 000 and issued buyers with fraudulent deeds of sale which bore the department's official logo,” the Gauteng housing department said in a statement on Thursday evening.

The department said the destruction of the houses would continue on Friday.

Makhubela said police would continue to monitor the protests. - Sapa


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