A self-appointed landlord hijacks the City of Tshwane building and collects the 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 build
The shared services division of the City of Tshwane has launched a significant campaign to address the rise of unauthorized occupants of the city’s commercial structures.
According to MMC for Corporate and Shared Services Kingsley Wakelin, the drive was started after members of the community informed the city of an unauthorized takeover of a commercial building owned by the city in Gezina.
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 landlord”
The City will now step up efforts to take action against any unauthorized tenants of the City-owned buildings located throughout all of Tshwane.
Wakelin asserted that they will work with law enforcement agencies to make sure that hijackings of City-owned structures are avoided. They will pursue individuals who are already illegally obtaining income for their benefit.
“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.
Meanwhile, a top employee of the City of Tshwane was seen on camera using the city’s bakkie for personal purposes.
The senior official was captured unlawfully dumping garden garbage on the side of the road while using the double-cab bakkie.
“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 hurt the municipality’s ability to deliver day-to-day operations.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that the City of Tshwane resources is 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.