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Hundreds evicted from Fattis Mansions

“We are just waiting for the dark and these security guards will know,” – Resident
Hundreds of residents of a hijacked building in downtown Johannesburg were evicted on Wednesday.
Men, women and children from Fattis Mansions were forced to sit outside on the streets with all their belongings as the sheriff of the South Gauteng High Court executed an order, assisted by the Red Ants, to evict them.

The building - dubbed “Mnyamandowo” - has no electricity or water, and no ablution facilities. Security guards have been posted to bar the entrance of the building.
“We are just waiting for the dark and these security guards will know,” a woman who was evicted said.
In their bid to return to the building, the residents launched an urgent court interdict at 6pm against the evictions.

Two weeks ago, seven people died when a similar building, Cape York, caught fire. The eviction notice served to residents, dated 25 April 2017, stated that the building was “destroyed” (an apparent reference to its dilapidated state) and that it would need to be rebuilt.
All those residing within Fattis Mansions were ordered to vacate within 45 days of the court order being served by the time of going
to print the Residents were still in court appealing the eviction and the City of Johannesburg had been ordered by High Court Judge Van Der Linder to provide residents with alternative accommodation, the City Indicated it had set up temporary shelter tents in Karzene East of Johannesburg through their Disaster management team.

The evicted resident are represented in court by SERI (Social Economic rights institute) SERI is a South African human rights organisation which provides professional assistance to individuals, communities and social movements seeking to protect and advance their socio-economic rights.
These are the rights to housing, water, healthcare services, fair labour practices, electricity, sanitation, a clean and healthy environment, education and various children’s rights, which are grounded in South Africa’s Constitution.

Scores arrested in raid of Joburg’s hijacked buildings

113 people arrested as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police
Department (JMPD) raid eight hijacked buildings in Doornfontein.

A total of 113 people were arrested when the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) raided eight hijacked buildings in Doornfontein, Region F, recently.
Other stakeholders involved in the joint operation included the City of Johannesburg’s Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) unit, headed by General Shadrack Sibiya; Department of Home Affairs; and the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS).

The suspects were arrested in connection with offences ranging from the violation of immigration laws and possession of drugs to running illicit businesses and building hijackings.
The raid came after seven people were killed when Cape York, a hijacked Johannesburg inner city multi-storey building, caught alight a few weeks ago. It also followed an instruction by Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba to GFIS and JMPD to rid the city of building hijackers and other perpetrators of crime.
During Friday’s operation, police confiscated cocaine, Mandrax tablets and marijuana. A man was arrested in connection with building hijacking. Another alleged building hijacker escaped and is believed to be still at large.

Police shut down nine businesses operating with licences purported to have been issued by the City’s Environmental Health Department. They also seized dangerous items, including gas cylinders, from illegal motor spares shops that posed a danger to local residents.
Officials imposed fines on business owners who were in contravention of the City’s by-laws. A car with a forged licence disc was impounded and seven knives were confiscated from illegal street vendors.
SAPS’s Major-General Dimakatso Ndaba said the operation had “yielded positive results”. “Law-abiding citizens appreciate our presence here.

“We have even been approached by some community members who offered to help us identify the criminals. So, to us, this is a great success because this area is one of Johannesburg’s crime hotspots,” Major-General Ndaba said.
JMPD Chief Superintendent Dan Machete said the raid was prompted by numerous cases reported to his unit. “The City is experiencing a high volume of building hijackings. As a result, the Executive Mayor has instructed us to target these buildings, which we believe are also harbouring criminals.
“These illegal activities can be detrimental to the City’s image and economy,” he said.
Machete said monthly statistics indicated that there was an urgent need for law enforcement agencies to intervene.

Madiba honoured

The spirit of the late former president Nelson Mandela was in the air on Tuesday July 18 as the City of Johannesburg staged dozens of activities across all regions to mark what would have been his 99th birthday.
The City’s main Mandela Day event was held at the Greener Pastures Early Childhood Development Centre in Kenilworth, in Region F, where Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, who was accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Cllr Mpho Phalatse, spent 67 minutes handing out goodies to smiling children and painting one of the classrooms.

In White City Jabavu, Soweto, Region D, City entities such as Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), Johannesburg Roads Agency and Pikitup, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, spent their 67 minutes giving the Adelaide Tambo School for the Mentally Challenged a makeover.
The school was named after Adelaide Tambo, wife of ANC stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo. Coincidentally, the late Ma-Tambo, a struggle activist in her own right, and Madiba shared the birthday.
JCPZ Managing Director Bulumko Nelana said Mandela Day was about giving back and making a difference to other people’s lives.

“Today it’s not only Tata Nelson Mandela’s birthday, it’s also Mama Adelaide Tambo’s. We’re here to celebrate the lives of two selfless leaders who dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others,” said Nelana.
Principal Lindela Memani said he was grateful to all those who dedicated 67 minutes to helping the school.
“The donations and services we received today will go a long way in minimising the challenges the learners face,” said Memani. In Region C, the City’s Disaster Management team visited residents of the Donovan Macdonald Old Age Home in Maraisburg to clean the centre and give the senior citizens advice on how to react in case of an emergency.

The Gauteng Disaster Management Centre, South Africa Social Security Agency and the Gift of the Givers donated blankets and food parcels. Local ward councillor Caleb Finn said: “Today is an amazing opportunity for every one of us to take a break from what we normally do and serve those around us who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
For its part, the Joburg Theatre, in partnership with private sector companies, hosted an information-sharing workshop for unemployed graduates. More than 150 unemployed graduates attended. Presentations focused on academic skills, dramatic arts and finance.

Mayor: It’s time we rid city of building hijackers

Speaking on the second day of the breakaway session of the City’s Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) in Centurion, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba (pictured) said he needed urgent action and results in relation to the fight against building hijackings in the Johannesburg inner city and surrounding areas.
Mayor Mashaba’s call comes after seven people were killed when Cape York (Insert), a dilapidated hijacked building at the corner of Jeppe and Nugget streets in the inner city, caught alight on Wednesday July 5.

The Mayor instructed members of the unit, led by General Shadrack Sibiya, to increase the frequency of raids on hijacked buildings, where people live in inhumane conditions. “We should raid these buildings every week and make sure we safeguard the lives of our people. It is important to act with speed. I want results and your unit should help me root out corruption,” the Mayor told members of the unit. He said the City faced a housing backlog estimated at more than 300 000 units. He said with the City providing housing at an average rate of only 3 500 units a year, there were limited opportunities to move people out of these buildings.

Speaking on the sidelines of the breakaway session earlier, General Sibiya said his unit had identified and verified 85 problematic buildings in the city. He said more raids would be conducted in the coming weeks to rid the city of the criminals who had taken over the buildings. He said his corruption-busting unit, which has also been charged with the tackling of bad buildings, was already hard at work to dismantle criminal syndicates behind the building hijackings. He said the unit had so far uncovered a highly connected and sophisticated syndicate of criminals who had “compromised state departments to further their objectives”.

“We are dealing with a corrupt network that involves people in the Deeds Office, the Department of Home Affairs, etc.
The network involves even our own officials, who illegally issue clearance certificates to members if the syndicates. We will work tirelessly to break this network and regain control of the city and its buildings,” said Sibiya.
Mayor Mashaba is in the coming weeks expected to announce further plans to deal with abandoned and hijacked buildings.














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