The City of Joburg has started evicting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) illegally occupying two buildings in the CBD, it said yesterday.

The evictions began at Braam Fischer Towers, in Albert Street, at 9am yesterday and were going smoothly, said spokesman Nkosinathi Nkabinde.

“We haven’t had any reports of violence or resistance from those evicted,” he said. Evictions were also scheduled at the Nedbank Mall Building in Commissioner Street.

These would start as soon as the Braam Fischer Towers one had been completed.

Nkabinde said the two privately-owned buildings were sub-let to the NGOs through the city’s Johannesburg Property Company in 2009. The lease agreements ended last September and November.

The organisations accommodated at the Braam Fischer Towers site refused to vacate the building, instead occupying it illegally.

Nkabinde said the NGOs were notified in April 2011 that the lease was about to expire.

“Following an unsuccessful court battle to legitimise their illegal occupancy, the NGOs were ordered to vacate the office space on June 30, 2012,” he said. – Sapa