Statement of the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr. Geoffery Makhubo, on Lawley Court Judgement

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffery Makhubo, once more notes the judgment of the South Gauteng High Court with regards to the land invasions and subsequent actions by law enforcement in Lawley.

This is the second judgment by the court. The first application was dismissed by Judge Tsoka on 18 April 2020 and the second has been that of Judge Mia on 21 April.

“As stated previously, as a city we do not celebrate these routine court victories. Our preoccupation is the prevention of land invasions for the sole purpose of implementing planned development within the City for the benefit of the poor and growth of the City.”

“We will continue to offer support to the homeless. We will continue to abide by the resolutions of Council against evictions and lastly, we will continue to act against ongoing acts of land invasion. The City is committed to planned human settlements that will provide affordable and social housing for the poor that includes the basic services such as water, electricity, sanitation and waste removal” said Mayor Makhubo.

To date, seven people have been arrested for acts related to the illegal invasion of land and the police continue to follow leads that may lead to the arrest of kingpins responsible for the illegal sale of land.

“We urge those that were defrauded and illegally sold land to come forward and report their cases to the South African Police Services to assist the process of investigations and justice.”

On Monday the 20th of April, the Mayor visited Lawley and again witnessed the continued invasion of land and erection of structures. Communities are strongly urged to refrain from illegality.

“We once more encourage our people to obey the COVID-19 regulations and lockdown. They must remain safe and stay indoors unless performing an essential service” added Mayor Makhubo.

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