EWN explores Joburg's hijacked buildings

Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque visited Johannesburg's inner city's dilapidated buildings, which are illegally occupied by people who can't afford to pay rent but also don't want to stay on the streets.

Former mayor Parks Tau has tried for years to clean up these buildings and now, Executive Mayor of Joburg, Herman Mashaba he is also doing his best to clamp down on hijacked buildings.

The perception is that these buildings are filled with criminals and it is haven for drugs and crime.

Lindeque spent a morning in Hillbrow at a hijacked building which she says is occupied by unemployed people. Lindeque says she also met a 19-year-old girl who lived and made money selling sweets inside the Cape York building. She adds that after the building was ravaged by a fire, the young girl now sleeps on the streets as security guards watch the building.

It's so unsafe for them on the street. When we were there they demanded money from us. They are in a very vulnerable position.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque goes on to say she also spotted a group of men who were openly smoking nyaope in close proximity to a primary school.

On Thursday, Lindeque went to Commissioner Street with authorities where buildings were searched for drugs, weapons and identity documents of the dwellers.

It was quite a scary experience not only for authorities but for the dwellers too.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque says members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) ran into the dark building, knocking on doors while conducting their search.

The people living in these buildings paint a different picture, calling this home. Lindeque says that some have lived there for close to two decades.

It's better to stay in a hijacked building than sleep on the streets. We used to pay rent, now there's no electricity and no water.

Zandile, Hijacked building dweller

I've been staying here for 19 years. We ask for help and no one helps saying this is a government building. We have people that smoke nyaope here. There are many criminals inside here and if you talk you get beaten.

Philisiwe, Hijacked building dweller

Take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Building hijacking has moved from Joburg CBD to suburbs

Building hijacking has moved from Joburg CBD to suburbs

 Cllr Bev Weweje and City of Joburg Director of Property Hijackings Investigations Victoria Ramala explain new hijack trend.

City of Joburg responsible for SA citizens, not illegal foreign nationals - CoJ

City of Joburg responsible for SA citizens, not illegal foreign nationals - CoJ

Karabo Tledima, City of Joburg media specialist, sheds light on CBD hijacked buildings evictions.

Hijacked building raids to intensify

Hijacked building raids to intensify

City of Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says the campaign plans to raid over 85 hijacked buildings and to provide affordable housing.

[LISTEN] How the City of Joburg plans to do away with hijacked buildings

[LISTEN] How the City of Joburg plans to do away with hijacked buildings

Adv Victoria Rammala, chats with Azania Mosaka about the city's recent raids of hijacked buildings.

"The issue of hijacked buildings doesn't discriminate between nationalities"

"The issue of hijacked buildings doesn't discriminate between nationalities"

Luyanda Mfeka, City of Joburg's media specialist says plans are being made to clamp down on hijacked buildings.

Community help sought in search of missing 13-year-old

Community help sought in search of missing 13-year-old

The 702 community has been asked for any leads which could lead to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Kitso Mothibe

Popular articles
'I got retrenched and it took a toll on my relationship' - on money and intimacy

'I got retrenched and it took a toll on my relationship' - on money and intimacy

Money is one of the top causes of relationship fights and divorce. Dr Eve and callers discuss how it can affect sexual intimacy.

Icasa's Rubben Mohlaloga to appeal 20 year sentence for fraud, money-laundering

Icasa's Rubben Mohlaloga to appeal 20 year sentence for fraud, money-laundering

He was sentenced alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu.

Men become creative to escape Valentine's Day #MenConference2019

Men become creative to escape Valentine's Day #MenConference2019

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Marais, a quantum biology researcher with dreams to live on Mars.

'They think they're the boss of the road' - Listeners share taxi driver tales

'They think they're the boss of the road' - Listeners share taxi driver tales

702/CapeTalk listeners share stories of having been violently harassed by taxi drivers and feel the government needs to act on it.

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

Eskom has so much debt it threatens to break South Africa. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Adrian Saville of Cannon Asset Managers.

Eskom paid R300 billion (and counting) for 2 deeply flawed coal-fired dinosaurs

Eskom paid R300 billion (and counting) for 2 deeply flawed coal-fired dinosaurs

Litigation will follow, says Minister Gordhan. Business Day’s Carol Paton on his inquiry into the failing Medupi and Kusile.

South Africa just became the world’s hottest destination for oil exploration

South Africa just became the world’s hottest destination for oil exploration

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen Larkin, CEO at Africa New Energies.