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SAHRC pleased with Lenasia deal

The SAHRC was not invited to a Lenasia gathering because of an administrative glitch.

The HRC said it hopes the new houses to be built legally in Lenasia will be done properly.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is singing a different tune following a discussion with Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale about being excluded from a meeting.

The gathering in question was set up by the Special Lenasia Intervention Team to find an alternative resolution to the Lenasia demolitions.

The SAHRC said it was satisfied with the Gauteng Housing Department's explanation that its exclusion was the result of an administrative glitch.

The minister intervened after more than 80 structures were torn down in the southern Johannesburg community, because they were built on illegally sold land.

Sexwale's spokesperson Xolani Xundu said an official, who was asked to invite all affected parties, neglected to do so.

"The minister and commission committed to making sure this does not derail the process of finding a lasting solution."

Earlier in the saga, the SAHRC cried foul, saying the resolutions announced by Sexwale were not in-line with the out of call settlement.

Commission chairperson Lawrence Moshwana said they supported the resolutions, which included the legal construction of houses on the disputed land.

"The aim and intention sounds very good, if properly implemented."