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Jeppestown building evictions: City blames owners for not notifying them

Hundreds of people were left stranded after the Fattis Mansions building, believed to be hijacked, was raided by the Red Ants.

Red Ants evict residents of a block of flats on Harrison Street in Jeppestown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says it will be holding the owners of a Jeppestown building accountable for failing to notify them of a planned eviction.

Hundreds of people were left stranded last week after the Fattis Mansions building, believed to be hijacked, was raided by the Red Ants.

The eviction was carried out after a court order.

The city claims the plan to evict was never communicated, making it difficult to provide alternative shelter.

Spokesperson Karabo Tledima said: “So we are basically communicating with the building owners because we have to remember that if there’s a court order, we have to respect it. But we also have to serve our responsibility as the city to provide accommodation, which we’ve done by providing temporary accommodation. So talks are still ongoing.”

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