The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is finally taking a stand with regards to dealing with hijacked buildings.
A plan is in place to establish municipal courts to curb the hijacking of buildings in the city and to improve the bylaw enforcement to deal decisively with crime, Joburg East Express reported.
Irene Mafune, director of the city’s Region F – comprised of Johannesburg’s central suburbs as well as old mine dumps – said at a recent Intergrated Development Plan (IDP) consultation meeting that the hijacking of buildings and lack of bylaw enforcement were some of the biggest weaknesses in the city.
“We want to tighten that up by setting up fully functional municipal courts to swiftly administer justice,” said Mafune.
Residents of Region F are concerned that building inspectors are not doing their job and bylaw enforcement is lacking.
Jeppestown and Bezuidenhout Valley are some of the areas in the region that have experienced a number of problems with regards to hijacked buildings.
“We urge residents not to take the law into their own hands to settle disputes. We enlisted the help of the Hawks, the elite crime-fighting unit, to investigate the hijacking of buildings in the city.
“As a result of the partnership, there has been steady progress in returning hijacked buildings to their rightful owners,” said Mafune.
On September 29, 2015, a building which was illegally occupied in Jeppestown burnt down.
– Caxton News Service