Hijacked house case hits six months with no rent

THERE is no end in sight for a homeowner who has to date hit sixth months without a cent paid from the tenants occupying his property.

Marlin Pillay, who owns a property on Daisy Street Rosettenville, has confirmed December as the sixth month since he saw a penny from the people occupying his property.

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Pillay said the tenants occupy his property unlawfully.

“The Hawks, SAPS, JMPD, Rental Tribunal, Magistrates Court, Sheriff, City of Jhb, mayor and local councillor have all done nothing for me. I opened a Contempt of Court charge in early October and two months later the investigating officer is still waiting for a warrant of arrest to arrest the tenants.”

He said: “These are criminals, illegally occupying my property, so I really don’t see why you need to talk to them to see what issues they have. Unless your paper supports criminal activity. Whatever “issues” they have, they will not be attended to because they have not paid rent for six months. It’s as simple as that.”

He said he did not know what else to do as the legal system and law enforcement authorities had failed him.

“It is shocking what has happened to this country under the current government,” said Pillay.

The COURIER contacted one of the tenants who asked not to be named. She said the matter they want attended to was the ill treatment they received while living at the property. She said this is where the issue started.

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The City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service Department (GFIS) was contacted for assistance into Pillay’s case and they confirmed receiving the COURIERS request for assistance.

The COURIER was still awaiting a clearer indication of what happens next in Pillay’s case.

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, however, sings a song of hope when it comes to house hijacking cases.

The city’s mayor confirmed three properties which were in the hands of hijackers were returned to the rightful owners.

He said two of hijacked properties are situated in Kenilworth and one in Turffontein.

Mashaba said the City had conducted an audit and of some 500 ‘bad’ buildings, about 134 of were confirmed as hijacked. He said 24 of the 500 ‘bad’ buildings belonged to the City.

“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,” Mashaba said. “Criminals must know that they might run but there is no place for them to hide in Johannesburg.”

He said the City will not leave any stone unturned when dealing with criminal activities within its area of jurisdiction and the city would continue to intensify raids at ‘bad’ and hijacked properties with the assistance of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies.

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