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HRC not included in Lenasia talks

The HRC has threatened to take Human Settlements Ministry to court over Lenasia demolitions.

The HRC has threatened to take Human Settlements Ministry to court over Lenasia demolitions.

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Thursday threatened to go back to court if government does not honour its commitment to find an alternative solution to the Lenasia demolitions.

It questioned government's actions after Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale briefed the media this week about resolutions made by the Special Lenasia Intervention Team.

The HRC's Kayum Ahmed said it was excluded from the meeting.

"Some of the findings and resolutions that were made by the minister, which we did not form part of, did not take into consideration the court process that the HRC had embarked upon and the resolutions adopted at the court process."

More than 80 structures were demolished after they were built on illegally sold land.

Some Lenasia residents came out in support of the demolitions as they said the illegal sale of these plots affected the values of their homes.

However, the HRC and former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema condemned the demolitions.

Cabinet then appointed Sexwale to handle the matter.

The human settlements department is yet to formally respond.