Foreign nationals forcibly removed from RDP houses by locals in Alex

A group of foreign nationals in Alexandra have been forcibly removed from their RDP houses by a group of locals calling themselves the Bonified Organisation.

Foreign nationals have told journalists that they have been under threat for a week.

Mozambican national, Jerry Mapolisa has been living in his uncle's home since 2007.

Mapolisa says he is afraid to return and is now staying with his girlfriend. He says police have been unhelpful.

A group of aggressive people came out of nowhere. They removed everything inside the house. They said no foreigner is allowed to own an RDP house in South Africa. The owner passed away, I am not fighting about that but they do not need to do such things.

Jerry, Mozambican national

My uncle applied for the house. He got an ID from South Africa. I came here in 2007, I found my uncle here.

Jerry, Mozambican national

Gauteng MEC of Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says they are looking into the matter. She says eight homes have been targeted, but very few people have opened criminal cases.

The Bonified Organisation told the minister that they want the houses allocated to South Africans. They claim the houses were sold to the foreign nationals.

We requested the leadership in Alex, particularly in extension seven to give us the names of the victims. We have been looking for that information to find out if they are legitimate persons of those houses and put them back in their homes.

Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, Gauteng MEC of Community Safety

We need those owners to come forward to us so we can take them back to their properties and they must give us proof that they are legitimate owners of those homes.

Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, Gauteng MEC of Community Safety

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