12 people arrested following yet more successful raids on hijacked buildings in the CBD

According to reports, 12 people were arrested following successful raids in the Johannesburg CBD’s hijacked buildings on the night of the 9th of November 2017.

The crime prevention operation is just one of many that have been carried in the last several months. The City conveyed that out of an audit of at least 500 buildings, they found 134 of them to be hijacked. Out of the 134, 24 of them belong to the city and as City of Joburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba said just a couple of months ago, “I want to see rundown buildings turned into quality low cost housing for our residents and affordable rental spaces for small businesses.”

Speaking on behalf of the City, Lucky Sindane said that those arrested are undocumented immigrants.

“They’re kept at Johannesburg Central Police Station where Home Affairs will process them to ascertain if they’re in the country legally or illegally.”

With the assistance of 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 and Social Development departments, the City will continue working towards making sure that they resolve this issue of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.

Read: UPDATE: Inner city building raids continue, over 260 already arrested

Sizwe Shabalala

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