12 people arrested in raids on hijacked Joburg buildings

The city says its conducted an audit of at least 500 bad buildings in the CBD, 134 have been hijacked.

FILE: Police search suspicious bags while Red Ants evict residents of a block of flats on Harrison Street in Jeppestown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Twelve people have been arrested during raids on hijacked buildings in the Johannesburg CBD.

Three properties were targeted during Thursday night’s crime prevention operation.

The city says that its conducted an audit of at least 500 bad buildings in the CBD, of which 134 have been hijacked.

Twenty-four belong to the city and will be used to create affordable housing.

The city’s Lucky Sindane says that those arrested are undocumented immigrants.

“They’re kept at Johannesburg Central Police Station where Home Affairs will process them to ascertain if they’re in the country legally or illegally.”