- Herman Mashaba says that his war on hijacked buildings in Joburg is far from over
- The former mayor says that he will be intensifying his campaign against buildings being taken over by criminal elements
- This comes despite the Gauteng High Court declaring the raids unlawful
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Herman Mashaba says that he is determined to escalate his war on hijacked buildings in Johannesburg's inner city.
The former Democratic Alliance mayor says that he remains unapologetic for trying to clean up the city:
"I will not apologise for trying to clean up the Jozi CBD. Once I come back as Mayor of Joburg we will intensify the raids to get rid of criminals in our city!"
IOL reports that a full bench of the South Gauteng High Court had declared the raids on the buildings unlawful, but Mashaba seems unfazed.
His new political party has long signalled its intention of contesting in the local government elections set to take place next year.
Mashaba says that he had expected authorities to follow regulations when preparing for the raids that took place during 2017 and 2018.
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It emerged that police had evicted around 3 000 occupants our of 11 buildings without the needed warrants.
The subsequent seizures and arrests were dubbed unlawful by the court, painting Mashaba's efforts to improve the city as a failure.
Mashaba maintains that he is a law-abiding citizen with a great respect for the law despite being disappointed with the ruling.
The driving factor behind the effort to clear out hijacked buildings had been to collaborate with the private sector in a bid to give residents affordable housing, Briefly.co.za reported.
In the ruling, the court had indicated that the motivation for the raids had been handed down by Mashaba's office and had been led by forensic and investigation units in an effort to deal with serious crimes in the city.
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