The city of Johannesburg has continued its offensive on hijacked buildings with raids on two inner city buildings last Friday where conditions, it says, were deplorable.
Efforts to remove illegal housing and abusive slumlords have been picked up by the city in recent months in an effort to steer the growth of the metropole in the right direction.
Investigations revealed that residents were paying ‘owners’ rent for beds rather than entire units, ranging from R250 to R1200 per person.
“If we are going to turn around the decay of our inner city, it is vital that the rule of law is respected”, said mayor, Herman Mashaba. “I see the revitalisation of the inner city as key to ensuring economic growth and job creation in Joburg.”
The operation was spear-headed by the office of the mayor, yet consisted of a mass inter-departmental collaboration with the City’s Forensic and Investigation Service Unit, the SAPS, the Department of Home Affairs, JMPD, Emergency Management Services and the City’s Health and Social Development Departments.
The city is now set on finding temporary accommodation for former occupants of hijacked buildings as it works to redesign the structures to suit low-cost housing needs.