Hundreds of people residing in the Johannesburg CBD have been evicted from a hijacked building by the Red Ants units of the Metro Police.
Residents of Fatti’s mansions were taken out of the building with their belongings and took to voicing their frustrations by blocking Jeppe Street.
“Rahima Moosa Street, formerly known as Jeppe Street, is currently closed to traffic at Loveday Street because people have been evicted from the dilapidated building and are now sitting in middle of the road and are making fire to keep warm”, said Metro Police.
Although the evictions were conducted after the securing of a court order, many have criticised the urgency and unexpectedness of the evictions which have left people homeless on the street.
The abandoned buildings in the city have been cause for concern for Mayor Herman Mashaba as he maintains that much of the criminality in the city revolves around these buildings.
Two months ago, a kidnapped girl was found in one of these buildings after her mother brought the incident to the attention of the police who proceeded to investigate her whereabouts.
But apart from social issues surrounding the eye-sores, Mashaba has also warned that many of these buildings have outdated or inexistent safety regulations.
In June, seven people died in a fire which engulfed a few floors of a building not far from Fatti’s Mansion.
The evictions will most likely continue in order to ensure the city’s new approach to both crime and social housing.