Lenasia tense following protests

Bulldozers demolish houses in Lenasia ext 13 which had been built illegally. Picture: Tumisang Ndlovu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The situation is tense in Lenasia where Gauteng housing officials are expected to demolish more homes built on illegally sold land in the area.

Residents started protesting on Thursday night after 37 houses were knocked down by the Gauteng Housing Department's Fraud and Corruption Unit.

An exchange of words between the police and members of the Lenasia community has resulted in the arrest of one person.

Concerned Residents of Lenasia South's Lazarus Baloyi is currently being questioned in a police van, a few metres away from the protesting residents, he represents.

The community is accusing some housing officials of having links with those who sold them land, but the department has dismissed the claims.

It said it was the work of a syndicate allegedly behind the illegal sale of land in Lenasia and that three people have been arrested since it began its investigation in 2010.