Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, has announced that a month from now, the hijacked buildings in his metro will be made available to private business, issuing an ultimatum that only South Africans will be granted accommodation within the repurposed buildings.
Mashaba has received stern criticism from human rights group SERI for the manner in which officials conducted raids to assess conditions and remove inhabitants.
“These so-called human rights lawyers, I’m warning them in advance so that they can start making preparations”, warned Mashaba. “We will only provide accommodation exclusively to South Africans”.
Mashaba says that through these building projects, job opportunities will be created.
“One of the conditions of us giving these buildings to the private sector is to tell us how many people they are going to be employed”, he added.
SERI has stated that it will wait for a request to intervene by a wronged party, before heading to court over the abuse of rights which they believe Mashaba has perpetrated.
Soon the city will welcome proposals by private businesses who will have to turn the abandoned buildings into affordable housing.