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The innocent must not suffer - Sexwale

Minister Tokyo Sexwale said a fair solution must be found to deal with the Lenasia housing saga.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale speaks to residents of Lenasia ext 3 & 14, whose homes were demolished. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Monday told Lenasia residents that a solution to the housing crisis in the area will only be found if those who claim to duped come forward with information.

He made the comments while on a fact-finding mission.

Earlier in November, over 80 homes were demolished because they were built on land belonging to the Gauteng Housing Department.

The land was sold to members of the public by a syndicate, including officials from the department.

Speaking to a packed hall, Sexwale set the record straight before making his address.

"I have not come here for your votes for (the) 2014 [general elections] or Mangaung [for the ANC's elective conference] or anything like that."

He then laid down the hard facts at the heart of the land grabs in Lenasia south.

"At the end of all this, we must accept one thing - this land that you bought belongs to the government."

The minister said any solutions to the problem should be fair on both sides.

"The innocent must not suffer."

Sexwale added he will establish a multi-discipline forum that will be tasked with resolving the 10-year-old problem.