At least 32 undocumented immigrants are due to appear in court after the City conducted a crime prevention operation in three hijacked and bad properties in the inner city.
It is said that the operation was led by the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services Unit in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS), Department of Home Affairs, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the City’s Environmental Health, Citizen Relationship and Urban Management (CRUM) and Social Development departments.
“The properties that were targeted during the operation include the Remington Building, Rotary House, and New Nation Hotel in Johannesburg Central,” said City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
He also indicated that the property owners were issued with compliance notices by Environmental Health and EMS.
The operation also focused on collecting data on the occupants living in the buildings, including sex, age and employment status.
“It is vital that we profile occupants living in these buildings and ensure that together with the rightful owners we are able to find alternative accommodation for them where required,” said Mashaba.
Two weeks ago the City’s Council approved a plan for tackling the housing challenge within the inner city and creating safe, clean and connected communities with access to economic opportunities.
At least 12 City-owned properties were made available for the purpose of creating quality low-cost housing within the inner city.
‘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. All of these buildings represent opportunities for creating affordable housing.
“Working together with the SAPS and Home Affairs, we are going to intensify this crime prevention operation,” said Mashaba.