Controversy around Alex evictions continues

Staff Writer | Jun 25, 2019
The debacle about demolishing illegally built homes in Alexandra Township continues.

Over the weekend the Red Ants COO Fuzile Balintulo produced a document verifying the legal authorization by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) to evict and demolish illegal structures in Alex. Balintulo further claims that consultations were held in due process before these demolitions took place.

Referring to the approval Balintulo told Newzroom Afrika this weekend: ‘It’s signed one of the people [at JMPD], you will see for yourself. So for him [Mayor Herman Mashaba] to say he does not know who authorized us is just a fallacy, so to speak.’ The Red Ants executed evictions in Rabie Ridge and Lenasia before the Alexandra township under JMPD regulation too.

Balintulo was asked by one Newzroom Afrika interviewer whether black solidarity should stop him from evicting black people and he answered that he adheres to and respects the rule of law rather than race. On the 24th of June Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba (DA) shot back on Power FM.

‘It’s actually quite unfortunate that [Balintulo] said this...I don’t really play games. I don’t run a spaza shop or a shebeen. For [Balintulo] to come out that I knew about this particular matter, I can assure you there will be consequences. You can assure him he’s not going to get away with lying to our people about me in particular.’

When asked whether it was true that Mashaba’s office knew about the Alexandra evictions in advance, or whether Mashaba might have personally instructed the evictions to be delayed until after the 2019 elections Mashaba responded: ‘It’s more than a lie. It’s criminal. That’s why I can assure you [Balintulo] will regret the day that he said this.’

As noted earlier on the Daily Friend the DA had long vowed to execute all eviction orders on the books, which included Alexandra Township, though Mashaba subsequently said ‘evil forces’ are behind the Alex evictions.

 

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