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City of JHB vows to intensify raids on hijacked buildings

Twelve undocumented immigrants have been arrested this week alone in the Booysens squatter camp, Melthard Court and Delvers Close.

Hijacked building in the JHB CBD. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says it will intensify its raids on hijacked buildings in the city centre.

Twelve undocumented immigrants have been arrested this week alone in the Booysens squatter camp, Melthard Court and Delvers Close.

The city says it has already conducted an audit of some 500 decapitated buildings, 134 of which are confirmed as hijacked.

It says it wants to bring back the rule of law in the city and reclaim it from criminal elements such as landlords who house desperate people under deplorable conditions.

The city’s Lucky Sindane says more than 20 of the hijacked buildings belong to the city.

“We are going to intensify these raids leading up to the festive season, these hijacked buildings are a problem in the city but we are doing something about it.”

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