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Johannesburg - Three-month-old baby Lelentle Tau was among one of 30 families who were evicted from their homes in Honeydew, west of Johannesburg, on Thursday.
While her parents and dozens of other families tried to resist the evictions, Lelentle remained seated in her pram outside her home.
The aggrieved families were resisting what they claimed to be an illegal eviction at the Honey Park complexes.
By Thursday night, these families were still making alternative accommodation arrangements and were in talks with their legal representatives.
These unit owners of Honey Grove and Honey Comb townhouses were woken up by the Red Ants and police officers, who stormed into their homes.
Lelentle’s father Louis said his wife was home with their little girl when the men, dressed in red overalls, arrived unannounced at their home, kicking the doors open.
“They came in here and pushed my wife around while she was holding the baby. They took everything and put it outside,” Tau said.
He said the eviction was illegal as they were waiting for an appeal date from the Johannesburg High Court.
These residents are appealing against the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court ruling last year which found that their continued occupation was illegal.
According to residents, the property has had more than six owners in the past four years, and they did not want to risk paying the wrongful owners.
Many tenants complained about how most of their belongings were either broken or missing. One man returned from work to find his house completely empty, with the whereabouts of his possessions unknown.
The tenants say they have been paying rent to Angor Property Specialists, who they believed were the owners of the building.
However, Jika Properties claimed ownership of the complex in April last year.
Nicholas Aghamoba slammed violent Bulldog security guards for acting violently, with his three- and five-year-old sons being teargassed.
Aghamoba said Jika Properties had not provided any evidence supporting their claims.
Linus Indi added that when he paid R8 600 to Jika, they denied ever receiving the money and refused to allow him to sign a lease.
A Jika Properties receptionist told The Star to call on Friday.