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Lenasia land fraud case postponed

The judge is expected to make a ruling on the matter when the case resumes on 3 September.

A woman tries to stop a bulldozer from demolishing a house in Lenasia's Extension 13 in southern Johannesburg, on 9 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - City of Johannesburg official Sifiso Litau on Monday appeared in court for fraud relating to the illegal sale of stands in Lenasia.

He is one of seven people arrested for defrauding dozens of residents by illegally selling them state-owned land.

In 2012, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements demolished a number of houses after they were built on the land.

Prosecutors claim Litau defrauded residents by charging them up to R50,000 for plots in Lenasia extension 13 and 14.

The state says four witnesses identified Litau as the person who defrauded them.

He apparently took his victims to an open piece of land where he told them to choose a stand.

One witness says she paid Litau R13,000 in cash, but didn't get a receipt.

A 70-year-old pastor has already been convicted for the crime.

He was sentenced to four years in jail.

The judge is expected to make a ruling on the matter when the case resumes on 3 September in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Litau is currently out on bail.