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​​City hands back 3 hijacked properties to owners

I am pleased to announce that 03 properties which were in the hands of hijackers were returned to the rightful owners last night.
Two of hijacked properties are situated in Kenilworth and one in Turffontein, South of Johannesburg.

The hand-over of the properties follows months of investigations by the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service Department (GFIS) working together with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

It is alleged that the properties were hijacked last year and that the rightful owners were denied access. After months of trying to evict the hijackers and their tenants without success, the owners approached GFIS in August this year for assistance.

An investigation was then conducted by GFIS, working together with the SAPS, which proved that the complainants were indeed the rightful owners of the properties. A husband and his wife who were arrested early this month for hijacking one of the properties are still in custody. The couple appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday and were denied bail.

I am happy that we are not only conducting the raids on hijacked and bad properties but we are also arresting those that are involved in the hijackings and returning the properties to their rightful owners.

The City has conducted an audit of some 500 bad buildings, about 134 of which are confirmed as hijacked. 24 of the 500 bad buildings belong to the City. Criminals must know that they might run but there is no place for them to hide in Johannesburg.

The City will not leave any stone unturned when dealing with criminal activities within its area of jurisdiction and we will continue to intensify raids at these bad and hijacked properties with the assistance of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies. It is essential that we bring back the rule of law in our City and take it back from the criminal elements such as landlords who take advantage of desperate people and house them under deplorable conditions.

I would like to thank the SAPS Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange, for her commitment in addressing the challenge we are faced with by establishing a dedicated team that will investigate property hijackings in conjunction with the City.

Cllr Herman Mashaba 
Executive Mayor 
City of Joburg

For further information, please contact:

Luyanda Mfeka 
Acting Director of Communications 
Office of the Executive Mayor 
Cell: 076 171 5978 
Email: luyandam@joburg.org.za
Or

Lucky Sindane 
Director: Strategic Stakeholder Management 
Group Forensic and Investigation Services 
Cell: 065 865 0696 
Email: LuckySi@joburg.org.za