Lunga Simelane
2 minute read
14 May 2022
6:30 am

Watch: Council demolishes home ‘by mistake’ at Ennerdale’s Lakeview informal settlement

Lunga Simelane

Owner asked herself asked herself, why me, when she received a call from her neighbour notifying her that her house was being demolished.

Lakeview residents Sinqobile Maphosa at her demolished house near Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, 13 May 2022. The house was mistakenly demolished by the Ennerdale Housing Department in March 2022. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

“Traumatised and heartbroken” were the words used by 47-yearold Sinqobile Maphosa to describe how she felt as her world came crashing down when her house was demolished. On 25 March, a budget of R100 302 for a house, her house, went down the drain. Maphosa asked herself, why me, when she received a call from her neighbour notifying her that her house was being demolished at Ennerdale’s Lakeview informal settlement. According to Maphosa, when she arrived at her home, people from the Gauteng department of housing were present, escorted by Red Ants Security Relocation & Eviction workers, along with the...