Malema blasts ANC over Lenasia demolitions

Former ANCYL president Julius Malema came out to support Lenasia residents against housing demolitions.
Former ANCYL president Julius Malema toured demolished houses in Lenasia on Friday 23 November, 2012 much to the delight of the worried home owners. EWN’s Taurai Maduna reports.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on Friday slammed the ruling party for its silence during the Lenasia demolitions.

He was addressing affected residents outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

On Wednesday, court proceedings were once again postponed in order to allow both parties to discuss an out of court settlement.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), acting on behalf of the affected residents, took the Gauteng Housing Department to court in a bid to prevent further demolitions in Lenasia Extension 13.

The department demolished over 80 structures because they were built on government-owned land.

Affected homeowners brought the land from a syndicate, which included department employees.

Malema said the ANC's silence was worrying.

“There might be a difference between ANC and government, but once the leadership of the ANC is allowed to swallowed by government, then it creates a problem for our movement.”

Cabinet earlier this week appointed Housing Minister Tokyio Sexwale to intervene in the matter.

Some have also criticised Sexwale for keeping quiet during the demolitions.

Malema was kicked out of the ANC in April for sowing divisions and disunity in the party.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)