04 July 2013
The IFP’s Inner City Constituency Office in
Johannesburg was shocked over the forceful eviction of people in
Jeppe Town flats by Johannesburg Municipality.
IFP Inner City Constituency Publicity
Secretary, Mr Lalelani Khumalo said, “We are extremely concerned
at the steps taken by Johannesburg Municipality to forcefully
evict residents of flats in Jeppe Town. People are literally
being thrown out onto the streets with no alternative place to
stay even though a court order has stated that the municipality
must find alternative places of residence for these people
before evicting them. The municipality has even cut the water
and electricity to these flats.
Instead of repairing the buildings the people
are being evicted to the streets. The “Red Ants” who are contracted to move
people’s belongings from the flats always end up damaging same.
Most of the time this removal takes place when residents are at
work and when they return home they find their belongings thrown
out and damaged on the streets.”
Khumalo continued, “In 2009 the Johannesburg
municipality evicted people from the residential flats and
thereafter let the buildings lie derelict. These buildings are
now places for criminals to operate from. They terrorise
residents with many people having been assaulted and even
“Another concern that we have as IFP Inner
City Constituency is that the Johannesburg municipality has
neglected people of George Goch and Mangolongolo informal
settlement. Shacks get burnt down every year in those informal
settlements but the municipality does nothing for these people.
The municipality officials visit briefly when the shacks are
burnt down and then never come again or do anything to assist
these people. The Municipal officials have promised people that
by 2014 there will be development in their areas but it seems
like 2014 will come and go with no development at
all,” said Khumalo.
The IFP Inner city constituency urges the
Johannesburg Municipality to find people of Jeppe Town an
alternative place to stay or to repair their buildings. The municipality must stick to its promises.
IFP Inner City Constituency
Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lalelani Khumalo, 076 450 1365