Self-appointed landlord hijacks City of Tshwane building and collects rent

The City of Tshwane has claimed back a hijacked building belonging to the municipality. A self-appointed landlord has been illegally renting out and collecting the money for a building in Gezina.

ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF A CITY-OWNED BUILDING

The City of Tshwane’s shared services department has undertaken a comprehensive drive to combat the upsurge of illegal occupation of the city’s commercial buildings.

The drive was initiated after community members alerted the city of an illegal occupation of a commercial City-owned building in Gezina, said MMC for Corporate and Shared Services Kingsley Wakelin.

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SELF-PROCLAIMED LANDLORD TAKEN OVER TSHWANE BUILDING

But in the recent drive, a self-proclaimed landlord was found to be illegally collecting rent.

“This is a great loss of revenue for the City and, as such, legal action and criminal charges will be constituted against the landloard.”

Kingsley Wakelin

From now on, the City is going to intensify efforts to move against any and all illegal occupants of the City-owned properties across all Tshwane regions.

The City of Tshwane has claimed back a hijacked building in Gezina. PHOTO: City of Tshwane

Working with law enforcement authorities, Wakelin said they will ensure that the hijacking of City-owned buildings is prevented. They will go after those who are already illegally collecting revenue for personal gain.

“Moving against hijacked buildings is crucial as this criminality prevents the City from earning revenue that could be directed towards improving infrastructure and services to our residents. Our multiparty coalition government does not tolerate fraud and corruption. We will take all the necessary steps to ensure that we claim back City-owned assets.”

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TSHWANE OFFICIAL CAUGHT USING CITY RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL USE

Meanwhile, a City of Tshwane senior employee was caught on camera using the city’s bakkie for his personal use.

The senior official was caught using the double-cab bakkie to illegally dump garden waste on the side of the road.

“The report resulted in a full investigation against the employee, which could lead to dismissal if found guilty of abuse of City resources and illegal dumping,” said Wakelin.

Damages to the City’s assets have a negative impact on the municipality’s ability to deliver day-to-day operations.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that the City of Tshwane resources are used efficiently and properly managed to provide quality services to residents, the City has taken a hard line against any form of misconduct and abuse of our vehicles by employees,” said the MMC.

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