Twenty-three undocumented foreign nationals were arrested during a raid by the City of Johannesburg on two hijacked buildings in the inner city on Friday night.
The crime prevention operation was carried out on Vannin Court and Florence House‚ which Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba described as two well-known hijacked buildings.
The operation was led by the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service 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 Health and Social Development Departments. “Hijacked buildings are a major problem in our inner city‚ with our people living in deplorable conditions and being abused by slumlords who extort money from them.
At Vannin Court‚ a City of Joburg owned building‚ it was found that the occupiers are renting beds in the units from ‘owners’ for amounts ranging from R250 to R1‚200 per person‚” Mashaba said in a statement on Saturday. He said a total of 23 undocumented foreign nationals were arrested during the operation and detained at the Hillbrow Police Station. Immigration officers from the Department of Home Affairs would now process those who were arrested to ascertain relevant information‚ he said. Several shops nearby Vannin Court were also inspected and discovered to be selling expired goods.
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