Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed that city officials who agreed to the destruction of homes in Alexandra will face the consequences. This comes as hundreds were left homeless following the demolition of over 80 homes in the area.
Herman Mashaba is adamant that heads will roll following the controversial demolition of Alexandra homes last week.
Speaking to the media, the Johannesburg mayor warned that the officials who approved the destruction will face the consequences:
"I am currently waiting for a report from the JMPD [Johannesburg Metro Police Department] about what happened here. I'm expecting it within the next 24 hours and I promise you there will be consequences."
According to The Sowetan, a riled Mashaba claimed the order used to carry out the evictions was obtained back in September 2016.
Accompanied by MMC for housing, Meshack van Wyk, Mashaba visited the affected area, where homes were supposedly built too close to the Jukskei river:
"It's clear that this was not an act based on the order, the decision was based on something more sinister. Evil forces were behind this and we will get to the bottom of it."
However grim the situation is, Mashaba promised the community that his administration was making every effort to fix the damage caused:
"Rebuilding these structures is a matter of urgency. We understand that people built on this land illegally and they were equally removed illegally. But two wrongs don't make a right. What is important is that people have a place to live."
Meanwhile, the EFF has blasted the destruction of over 80 homes as not only illegal but unconstitutional, Briefly.co.za reported.
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