Out­cry over un­law­ful oc­cu­pants on City Prop­er­ties

“we can­not al­low law­less­ness to un­der­mine our ef­forts to pro­vide proper hous­ing” - Mashaba

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Reporter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City Of Johannesburg says it has re­ceived many com­plaints that some prop­er­ties are cur­rently be­ing oc­cu­pied un­law­fully. The City of Johannesburg is to con­duct an au­dit of peo­ple liv­ing in the city’s so­cial hous­ing and RDP ac­com­mo­da­tion to en­sure that only law­ful oc­cu­pants are housed within them, mayor Her­man Mashaba said on Sun­day.

Mashaba said he had re­ceived re­peated com­plaints that some of these prop­er­ties were cur­rently hous­ing un­law­ful oc­cu­piers, in­clud­ing un­doc­u­mented per­sons who were not per­mit­ted to oc­cupy those prop­er­ties by law.

The au­dit of peo­ple cur­rently housed within these prop­er­ties would pro­vide a de­par­ture point for ver­i­fy­ing the claims made and for tak­ing any in­ter­ven­tion to ad­dress any un­law­ful con­duct, he said.

“In my view, Joscho’s [Johannesburg So­cial Hous­ing Com­pany] pro­vi­sion of hous­ing is one of the piv­otal in­ter­ven­tions for pro­vid­ing res­i­dents with the dig­nity of a roof over their heads with over 3000 units at their dis­posal. The same goes for the pro­vi­sion of RDP hous­ing. This is why we can­not al­low law­less­ness to un­der­mine our ef­forts to pro­vide proper hous­ing.

“It is no se­cret that as a city we face a hous­ing cri­sis, one where ap­prox­i­mately 300,000 units are re­quired ur­gently if we are to make in­roads against the hous­ing back­log,” Mashaba said.

This cou­pled by an ur­ban mi­gra­tion of 3000 peo­ple to Johannesburg monthly was an in­di­ca­tion that ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion was re­quired to man­ag­ing the pres­sures faced by the city.

“In­deed, some res­i­dents have been on the hous­ing list since the mid-90s. This makes the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the claims made by res­i­dents all the more press­ing.

“More im­por­tantly, should the claims prove sub­stan­tially true we need to un­der­stand not only how this hap­pened, but hold those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count.

This said, I have re­quested that the fi­nal re­port on this au­dit be pro­vided to me by the end of Oc­to­ber 2018,” Mashaba said.

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