A Twitter user has taken to the social media platform to share heartbreaking photos from the Lenasia evictions and saying that they were the reason why he would never vote for the ANC.
Social media users were reminded of the incident that happened almost five years ago. The demolition of houses on land intended for government housing in Lenasia south was part of the fight against corruption, according to a statement from the Gauteng housing department.
According to IOL, the government claims to had given people enough time to vacate the land but their calls were ignored.
However, many believed that what was done to the residents on that land was very cruel.
Skhumbuzo Vilakazi BAP said:
"This was one of the most painful things done by post-apartheid government. Very painful."
The stands on which the houses are built were apparently fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95,000 and the buyers were given forged deeds of the sales.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) approached the High Court in Johannesburg and obtained an interdict to halt demolitions.
Twitter user Norman Mkhwanazi sympathised with the government, saying:
"In this life the are corrupted and corrupter... both corrupt, but none wants to be victim of the consequence. People knowingly buying land meant for road reserve, water reticulation or sewer fraudulently are not victims. If nothing is done the government will be labelled corrupt."
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