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Another arrested made for the illegal sale of City owned land

Today, I was informed of the arrest of Mr Mayedwa Njilana who was apprehended this past weekend by the South African Police Service (SAPS) for illegally selling two City owned stands for R30 000 in Weilers Farm, South of Johannesburg.
Njilana appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of fraud and corruption.

In September 2010 Njilana was appointed by a consultant working for the City’s Housing Department to assist with registration of title deeds. He was also a community liaison officer for a contractor appointed by the Housing Department to build houses in Kanana Park (Weilers Farm) in 2008.

It is alleged that in 2011, the complainant was informed about a certain City official, Mr Njilana, who was selling stands around Weilers Farm for R15 000 each. The complainant then met with the accused and agreed on the terms of payment for the stand. Njilala was paid a deposit of R6000 and the balance was paid in monthly installments.

In November 2011 a second victim, also from Weilers Farm, was scammed by Njilana. The complainant paid a deposit of R8 000 into Njilana’s account and the remainder in installments.

The second complainant was then allocated a stand in the area but the stand belonged to someone else.

Both the victims tried for years to get their money back from Njilana without success. They then approached the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) Department in June this year.

This is the third arrest that we have made this year regarding the illegal sale of the City’s properties.

I’m appealing to anyone who might have information on the illegal sale of stands and RDP house to please come forward. The information will assist our law enforcement agencies as they continue to investigate these cases throughout the City.

Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks and all other institutions within the criminal justice system to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve.

I would also like to encourage people to report any fraud and corruption activities through our 24hour tipoff hotline 0800 002 587.

Cllr Herman Mashaba
Executive Mayor 
City of Joburg

For further information contact:

Lucky Sindane
Director: Strategic Stakeholder Management
Group Forensic and Investigation Services
Cell: 065 865 0696

Luyanda Mfeka
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Executive Mayor
Tel: 011 407 6727
076 171 5978