Special Assignment on Lenasia bulldozing

2012-11-20 14:20
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Investigative magazine show Special Assignment promises shocking, must-watch television on Thursday at 21:00 on SABC3 as the show turns the spotlight on Lenasia, the suburb south of Johannesburg to show South Africa the full, harrowing story of residents standing helpless as their homes are demolished.

Scenes of bulldozers flattening houses as terrified residents try to protect their homes have shocked the world.

While South Africa's government says the houses are being demolished to help the poor because the homes were built illegally on government land, terrified residents say they've been duped by cash-for-land scammers who sold the land to them and provided what seemed like legitimate documentation.

Special Assignment takes South Africa inside the dramatic scenes of people who are suddenly losing everything they have. Two hundred houses are on the government's hit list in the first phase of demolitions.

Bulldozers continue to flatten houses

Even an urgent court application by the Human Rights Commission to temporarily halt the controversial demolitions did nothing to stop bulldozers from demolishing further homes on Monday, shocking ordinary South Africans in a country still struggling with a desperate housing shortage.

Special Assignment looks at South Africa's massive housing crisis and how it affects a section of society that doesn't qualify for RDP homes but also doesn't earn enough to qualify for bonds to formally enter the property market.

Special Assignment plans to expose how these scams even stretch into the rental market and how in one instance, a "landlord" has built 10 properties on government land and is renting it out to tenants with alleged assistance from City Power, the Johannesburg Council and even the courts.

Special Assignment's "Cash-for-land Scam" is produced by Adel van Niekerk.

Comments

  • Remmington Wekwa Nonge - 2012-11-20 14:41

    Poor people build houses Gov demolish them

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-20 16:16

      Have I missed the cANCer comments on this. According to SAFM radio and the ANC Councillors the woman comrade involve is still walking the streets.

  • customdesign - 2012-11-20 15:06

    I don't think the government realises how many years back they are setting those people. It's disgusting. They could have made a better deal like pushing up levies or selling the land to them.

      Mfundo Thabo Radebe - 2012-11-20 16:12

      Its unfortunate they didnt even think of that!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-20 15:07

    Totally inhumane, these are the people who mistakenly put you in power, the world is watching. My blood boils, Helen Zille had toilets built you went ballistic, there is no comparison. You are cruel beyong belief. God help us if whites tore down these houses.

      bob.slap.5 - 2012-11-20 15:48

      there was no mistake when they voted, they voted the ANC and again, they made their bed!

  • michelle.dutoit.5836 - 2012-11-20 15:12

    Shocking indeed! Surely Government could have helped these people who were scammed!! Our country is been run into the ground by a corrupt government. Shocking, shocking, shocking!!!!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-11-20 15:21

    Sounds like government is trying to spark a War...how much worse can it get?..now they breaking down houses WTF?

  • tumi.matsla - 2012-11-20 15:22

    yaneh.......shame

  • kanya.glodina - 2012-11-20 15:24

    so what is the difference between citizens invading government land and their houses demolished by the state vs squatters invading private property & government refusing to move them?? (in some way i do feel sorry for those loosing their homes, obviously they need more education on taxes to be paid/ attorney fees when buying property etc - but how did they build houses without submitting plans to council? SA cannot afford more of this lawlessness!

      bob.slap.5 - 2012-11-20 15:59

      well said

      kanya.glodina - 2012-11-20 16:10

      the difference is that government must start acting consistently against ALL citizens breaking the law & not only protect their own property rights but also the ordinary land owner's property rights (those being invaded by squatters). I am fed up trying to make a living by playing to the rules & paying all my taxes & not having any extra money at the end of the month to save for my own house while others just do as they please!

  • zayd.sampson - 2012-11-20 15:25

    They should go demolish JZ's multi-million rand pad

  • johannes.simango1 - 2012-11-20 15:25

    I told you long ago about this ANC didn't I?

  • musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-11-20 15:39

    I Won't waist my vote anymore with this government how can they do such thing like this to our brothers and sisters,this is very sad i feel sorry for those people.

  • nkululeko.o.ngcobo1 - 2012-11-20 15:49

    Just like Marie Antoinette, our government is power drunk. RDP built houses can’t fit a double bed..... The apartheid government built better houses for blacks, however our government is building us toilet houses. Talk is cheap, Me and Desmond Tutu will continue praying for the downfall of this evil Government.

  • msturmair - 2012-11-20 15:57

    THATS REALLY CRAP - THEY SHOULD HAVE ORGANISED THIS A BETTER WAY, HOW WOULD SILLY ZUMA FEEL IF THEY CAME AND DEMOLISHED HIS WHOLE HOME TOWN, WHICH HE NOW WANTS TO RENOVATE FOR R203M......THESE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY THE PROPERTY.......AT LEAST THEY MAKE AN EFFORT TO BUILD ON THEIR OWN AND ALSO WANTED TO BUY THE PROPERTY....BEING ILLEGAL ON THE GROUNDS WAS WRONG OF THEM.....THAT GIVE THE GOVERMENT NO RIGHT TO DEMOLISH THE HOMES.....THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE BOUGHT THE HOUSES BACK FROM THEM AT MARKET VALUE :)

  • carl.traut - 2012-11-20 16:27

    Mmmm, urgent interdict....government ignores, destroys poor peoples houses. Not an ANC sanctioned scam then ! Otherwise it would have disappeared by the wayside, just like the spy tapes, Shaik/Selebi medical report, and Nkandla ramblings. A bond no less says Zuma. Why did he not say this when the story broke ? Another bunch of lies Mac will have to try and manage :) If this was the Western Cape old Tony would have been over this like a rash with his erratic rhetoric and communist party lines. "The more things change, the more they stay the same. Cest la Vie !!!"

  • busisiwe.motlhasedi - 2012-11-20 16:30

    Shocking yet come election time the ANC will be begging for their votes...

  • Sonia Mngomezulu - 2012-11-20 17:18

    Lenasia people feel sorry for dem, what abt those who applied for the loan or bond to build their houses? they have to pay back while bulldosers are destroying their homes.

  • tracy.edwards.148 - 2012-11-20 17:22

    I feel such pain for this woman!!! Where does she go from here and did these pigs allow her to at least empty her home before they bulldosed it to the ground??

  • tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-11-20 17:29

    I can't imagine the reaction from the anc if it were the DA demolishing these houses!!! The anc leautenants will accuse the DA of; "racist tendencies, whites deep hatred of blacks, apartheid tactics on forced removals, counter revolutioneries, imperialists, terrorising of our people tryig to have a roof over their heads etc-etc-etc." What a party with forked tongues!

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-20 20:03

    THE homes being demolished are not for poor people, these people built their houses illegally while they were warned by government, they should have known better but decided to ignore court orders and continued building on a land earmarked for RDP house, I support government here, they must flatten them all to teach other would fraudster a lesson

  • grahamhfox - 2012-11-20 20:19

    "All animals are equal. But some are more equal than others." How long must we be subject to this cANCer that is eating the land? Just a small bit of the money wasted on Zumaville could have solved the problem here.

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