Protests in Lenasia

Police attend to protests in Lenasia's Ext 13. Picture: @shamiknanoo via Twitter.
Residents went on the rampage on Thursday 8 November 2012, after houses which were allegedly built illegally on land, were torn down. Picture: @ShamikNanoo via Twitter.
Bulldozers demolish houses in Lenasia ext 13 which had been built illegally. Picture: Tumisang Ndlovu/EWN.
Houses, which had allegedly been built illegally in Lenasia ext 13 are torn down. Picture: Tumisang Ndlovu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -There are reports of violent protests in Lenasia Ext 13 on Friday morning following the demolition of homes.

Several families were displaced on Thursday following an operation by the Gauteng Housing Department.

The police's Kay Makhubela said, “We have been monitoring the situation since Thursday night. Protesters were singing songs and burning things.

While the department said, its well within the law to destroy the home, a concerned residents group said local government is trying to cover up its own fraud.

Earlier, motorists were pelted with stones while residents blocked off roads with large rocks.

According to witnesses, some main roads are still blocked.

The Gauteng Housing Department has denied allegations that some of its officials colluded with those that have been selling land illegally in Lenasia.

The department's Motsamai Motlhaolwa said the allegations levelled against the officials were absurd.

"We expect such allegations to come forward because they are trying to taint the department for doing a good job."

The Concerned Residents of Lenasia said they alerted the department to fraud and corruption in 2008.

The organisation's Lazarus Baloyi said since then, they have had meetings with the department, but they are still at a disadvantage.

"We just hope they will come to their senses and stop the demolition.

The department remain adamant there will be more demolitions in the area.