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Not all those evicted from Joburg buildings are illegal foreigners, say evictees

The residents say they were evicted along with many South Africans who also have not received any help.

Displaced people staying at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg after being evicted from a Jeppestown building. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Displaced people living at Wembley Stadium have denied claims that all those evicted from dilapidated or hijacked buildings in the CBD are undocumented foreigners

Hundreds of people are living in tents at the stadium after they were evicted from three different buildings in the city some from 2015.

Earlier this week, Mayor Herman Mashaba said foreigners were not the city's responsibility and that housing would only be given to South Africans.

Naborth Madoro, a professional painter from Zimbabwe, says his life was turned upside down when they were evicted by the Red Ants in November 2015.

He says his family was ill-treated despite them being in the country legally.

“Most of the people have been arrested and then they claimed the building was not fit for people to stay in it.”

He says they were evicted with many South Africans, who also have not received any help.

Madoro says he would like to try to build his life again but it's difficult as all his possessions were destroyed and taken by the Red Ants.

WATCH: Squalor and hunger for Jeppe evictees

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)