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Nedbank pulls Lenasia support

2012-11-15 18:50

Johannesburg - Nedbank has withdrawn an application to support the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in trying to prevent further demolitions of houses in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard on Thursday that the bank was not involved in housing erected illegally on government land.

No Nedbank-owned houses were on the list drawn-up by the department reflecting houses yet to be destroyed.

The Gauteng department of local government and housing started tearing down houses erected on land intended for government housing last Thursday and Friday.

About 50 houses have been destroyed so far and another 113 have yet to be demolished, starting on Monday.

The stands on which the houses are built were apparently fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95 000.

The buyers were given forged deeds of sale with the department's logo.

Some residents who had not yet occupied their houses looked on as bulldozers tore down their homes.

On Monday, the SAHRC made an urgent application to the court to halt the demolitions so it could determine whether human rights were being violated.

The court instructed the commission to file affidavits by noon on Wednesday, but this was delayed by Nedbank's application.

In court on Thursday, Judge President Phineas Mojapelo accepted Nedbank's withdrawal.

The commission submitted its affidavits and the department was expected to respond on Monday.

The matter was postponed to November 23 for arguments.

Modise Khoza, for the department, told the court there would be no further demolitions by the department before the matter resumed in court.

Lenasia residents packed the court to follow proceedings.

Comments
  • mart.botha - 2012-11-15 19:16

    Why were the houses even permitted to get off the ground. And the crime of fraudulently selling or knowingly buying such land is so despicable, so anti-social that ALL the parties involved must expeditiously be convicted and MUST serve lengthy jail time. MEDIA24 must pursue this to the end. If this 'crime against the people' comes from within government structures, heads must roll.

      sheda.habib - 2012-11-15 19:33

      I agree. Land grabs whether from within or without, political or not, has to be prevented at all costs.

      sean.noble1 - 2012-11-15 21:02

      Because the bank just requires the paperwork and the deeds would have been registered by the syndicate so from the banks point of view it would be 100% till such time the city of JHB informed the banks of what the syndicate has done. Im sure some home owners were unaware, while some full well knew what they were doing. However the guvment should welcome people with enough initiative and resources to build their own dwellings instead of just building shoddy RDP houses with taxpayers money, they should in fact incentive this type of behavior. ---> the own building of proper houses on cheap government land.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-15 20:22

    Oh so nedbank only care when their on bottom is on the line...

      sean.noble1 - 2012-11-15 21:02

      If you want to know if your bank cares about you just miss a couple of mortgage payments and see how they respond to you. How much they care and how they are the "BEST" bank.

  • kamogelo.majoe - 2012-11-15 23:06

    what happened to the fraudster that sold the govt land to the people? he/she must be tracked down so that he/she can be held accountable for this mess. if possible, all the assets of this fraudster must be seized so that the people can be compensated.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-16 07:37

    And try being overdrawn by R100. The sms's and phone calls don't stop, that is how much they care about you - zilch!

  • john.thelps - 2012-11-16 07:48

    Where were the building inspectors when these houses were being build... I supposed they were doing the same as the government..sitting on their butts doing nothing!!!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-16 09:26

    what is a land grab and what is not a land grab?

  • aao.bar - 2012-11-16 11:43

    The stands...were apparently fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95 000. ---- Ho-hum! At such low prices, how could anyone not know that something was untoward? Ignorance is no excuse. Knowing and hoping noone would notice is also not an excuse. If we as citizens truly want to fight crime, we must be ethical even when noone's looking.

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