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Debating illegal immigration not xenophobic By: Herman Mashaba news@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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nasty trend has taken root in our country in which anyone who dares to speak out against certain issues is branded before being tarred and feathered. I experienced this early in my Mayoralty when I went where angels feared to tread, illegal immigration. For merely lamenting the state of illegal immigration I was labelled ‘xenophobic’, ‘afriphobic’ and ‘illiberal.’ As is so often the problem, and the intention, with this approach the merits of the argument go undebated. After a week of abuse my message began to sink in. We want the people of the world to come to Johan-

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“Sometimes one is forced to question whether these commentators have ever been into the Joburg Inner-City and seen with their own eyes the conditions and lawlessness” - Herman Mashaba nesburg to work, live and enjoy our City. However there have to be two conditions. They must enter our country legally and, once here, they must obey our laws. Something strange began to happen. Everywhere I went I was being stopped in the street by ordinary people who were so grateful that someone had said something about it. It is amazing in a country with our history, that it took so long for someone to speak about an issue of such importance to our citizens. Why? Speaking frankly, the state of illegal immigration in South Africa is a disaster. For all intents and purposes we do not have borders in our country. People cross over into South Africa through a border that is, basically, not policed. Don’t take my word for it, the South African Defence Force have said as much themselves. We do not know who is crossing into South Africa, what their purpose is for being here or whether they have criminal backgrounds in their own countries. Let me be clear. Many of the people who come to our country without documentation are good people. They can contribute to our society but are often deprived this opportunity by a Home Affairs Department that is wholly inadequate in processing their documentation.

There is no civilised country in the world where this is the case, because for a country to succeed there must be a rule of law. Just like our government required my children to have a South African ID book when they turned 16, our government is supposed to regulate immigration and documentation for those who enter our country. Our laws are very clear, but insist that they be implemented at your own peril. Even given the circumstances of our neighbours our laws make accommodation for asylum seekers, but this too requires documentation and the application of our laws. Currently, arising from our disastrous state of affairs on the matter, there is a largely unknown number of people in our country without documentation. They have taken up residence, largely in our Cities. Yet there is no process for which I, the Mayor of Johannesburg, know the true numbers or receive any funding from National government for the services I am expected to render to them. Who suffers the most from this state of affairs? The poor, forgotten people of our cities. They form the majority of the 9 million unemployed while limited work opportunities are taken up by unscrupulous employers taking on undocumented foreigners. Our poor forgotten people rely on government health facilities, policing and services which all become over-burdened due to their increased and unaccounted demands of

undocumented people. We have already seen how it impacts our over-burdened public healthcare system. We have already seen that our police are rendered ineffective when they arrest criminals who cannot be processed only to be released by a failing criminal justice system. Given that foreigners cannot qualify for state funded housing, many of them are subjected to the worst abuse from slum lords in our Inner City, contributing to our urban decay and degeneration. The reality is that not all people coming into our country, are victims. Some are criminals coming to take advantage of our residents, with the intention of breaking our laws, knowing that our justice systems cannot deal with them. Please consider how attractive the drug trade is in our country when traffickers know how porous our borders are, how our police are rendered ineffective by undocumented people and how over-burdened our criminal justice system is. You would think, given these ramifications in the context of our country’s massive social backlogs, if would be important that we discuss the issue of illegal immigration. Right? Wrong. For some reason whenever someone tries to speak about these issues, they are branded xenophobic, afrophobic or illiberal. There are forces in our country at work to ensure that anyone who dares to venture into this subject soon wishes they hadn’t.

Who are these people? What is their benefit from the current state of affairs? If you think there are not massive criminal syndicates at play, profiting from vulnerable, undocumented foreigners you are blind. And yet, our commentariat plays into the hands of these profiteers. Their exhausting need for political correctness drives them to slam anyone who ventures into the terrain of illegal immigration. In a country with our challenges of crime and lawlessness, can you imagine attacking people who are calling for rule of law? Sometimes one is forced to question whether these commentators have ever been into the Johannesburg inner city and seen with their own eyes the conditions and lawlessness. In their far-removed spaces I do not believe they witness the suffering of our citizens. It is time that we recognise there is space for a responsible discussion on the subject of illegal immigration. Our citizens want it. Our police want it. Our nurses and doctors want it. In a democracy, debating such matters and asking questions is critical. Shutting down this kind of discussion is undemocratic. Surely with our hard won freedom to express or impart ideas, it would be irresponsible not to debate this issue and ask these questions without the political correctness police stepping in? Engage with Mayor Mashaba on; Twitter @HermanMashaba


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When can a landlord evict law-abiding tenants to renovate? More than 50 tenants of a derelict building in Hillbrow have taken their landlord to the Constitutional Court When can a landlord evict law-abiding tenants in order to effect refurbishments? And when can a landlord evict tenants for this reason on an urgent basis? These two questions are currently before the Constitutional Court in an application for leave to appeal an eviction which was ordered by the High Court on 23 May 2018. By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti

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he case concerns the fate of more than 50 tenants of a derelict building in Hillbrow, some of whom have lived on the property for as long as 25 years. The buildings are owned by Lewray Investments and managed by Urban Taskforce Investments. The building which forms the subject of the dispute was erected in 1954. It is currently in a poor condition and in need of refurbishment. This is not disputed by any of the parties. What is in dispute however, is what process must be followed to effect refurbishments and what the respective rights of the tenants and landlord are in these circumstances. In January 2018, the landlord provided the tenants with a notice to vacate the property, so as to do the refurbishments. In the notice, the landlord offered to relocate the tenants to another building which it owns. Alternatively, it offered the tenants a R5,000 cash payment as compensation. The tenants interpreted the notice as an eviction notice and referred a dispute to the Rental Housing Tribunal. According to the Constitution a person cannot be evicted without a court order. A landlord must follow the procedure set out by the Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation Act (PIE Act). The Rental Housing Tribunal made its ruling on 5 March 2018. The Tribunal ruled that the landlord’s notice was merely a notice to vacate the property and not an eviction notice.

More than 50 tenants of a derelict building in Hillbrow, some of whom have lived on the property for as long as 25 years, have approached the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal their eviction. Photo: Ciaran Ryan

It also found that the notice provided the tenants with two options. Their first option was to vacate the property in which case they would be entitled not to pay rent for that period. Alternatively, they could remain on the property, but this would mean that they would have no claim for damages should they sustain injuries or damage during the refurbishment. The Tribunal also said that should the tenants choose to vacate the property, the landlord must provide them with alternative accommodation and offer them the sum of R2,500 as compensation. After the Tribunal’s order, the landlord sent another notice to the tenants. This time it instructed the tenants to vacate the property immediately. The tenants refused to vacate. The landlord then approached the High Court on an urgent basis to evict the tenants. The High Court granted this order on 23 May 2018. The tenants applied for leave to appeal, but this was refused by the Court. They then approached the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal but this application was also rejected. Urgency In a last effort to set aside their eviction, the tenants approached the Constitutional Court for relief. In their papers they raise two main arguments. First, that the High Court applied the wrong procedure for urgent evictions. Secondly, that the eviction is improper because it circumvents the PIE Act and related regulations. The tenants argue that the High Court applied the incorrect procedure for urgent evictions. This is be-

cause the PIE Act requires, amongst other things, that the property pose a real and imminent danger of substantial injury to person or property. Although the building was in a poor condition this and other requirements in the PIE Act were not met. The tenants argue that the High Court conceded this, but instead of applying this test, which is set out in Section 5 of the PIE Act, the High Court applied the test for urgent applications, which is set out in the High Court rules. The tenants argue that the High Court’s approach has grave consequences for poor and vulnerable tenants. This is because in adopting this approach, the High Court accepted financial expediency as a basis to grant an urgent eviction. The tenants argue that this infringes their constitutional rights and urgent evictions may only be granted under the strict circumstances laid down by the PIE Act. Improper Eviction The second main argument the tenants raise is that the eviction violated the Gauteng Regulations to the Rental Housing Act. These regulate when tenants may be evicted in order to make refurbishments. The tenants highlight a few elements of the regulations. First, they only permit the landlord to cancel the lease and evict a tenant if the property is uninhabitable. Second, they give the tenant the right to return to a property of the same size when the refurbishments are complete. Third, the regulations provide that the tenants are entitled to not pay rent during the period of refurbishments. The tenants argue that the regulations try to bridge the power imbalance between poor and vulnerable tenants in derelict buildings and powerful landlords. The tenants argue that the High Court violated the Regulations and the PIE Act in three ways. First, the High Court erred by finding that the tenants were “unlawful occupiers” in terms of the PIE Act and could therefore be evicted. This contravenes the PIE Act because it defines an unlawful occupier as someone who has no legal right to be on the property. However, it was common cause that the tenants had paid all their rent which was due and the lease had not been cancelled.

Second, the High Court acknowledged that the landlord intended to destroy the current flats and sub-divide them. So the tenants right to return to the same property would be violated because they would be returning to smaller units. Third, the High Court refused to stop the tenants’ rent during the refurbishment period as required by the regulations. Relief Sought The tenants argue that the eviction should be set aside and the tenants must be housed in units of the same size and be entitled to a remission of

rental. The landlord’s arguments The landlord argues that the question of the correct test for urgency is moot because the tenants have already been relocated following a consent order granted on 8 September 2018. As far as the question of the regulations and not having to pay rent go, the landlord argues that the Rental Housing Tribunal and not the Constitutional Court is best tasked to resolve this question. This is because the question of whether a landlord may evict tenants to make refurbishments involves complex technical and economic issues that the Tribunal is best tasked to answer. The landlord also argues that to make a return on its investment it is obliged to sub-divide the units; it is not economically viable to keep the units the current size. Why this case is important This case raises important questions about the competing interests of landlords and tenants in derelict buildings in Johannesburg. This is an issue not only in Johannesburg but for cities across the country. As activists and communities fight against gentrification and urban renewal, the question of how these competing interests should be resolved is one the courts must urgently answer. - this article was first published on groundup.org.za

15 injured in Rea Vaya buses collision

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n 8 January 2018, during heavy rainfall, two Rea Vaya buses unfortunately hit each other at a traffic circle between Orlando Police Station and Orlando Stadium. The accident resulted in two passengers sustaining serious injures while another 13 had slight injuries. All injured passengers were taken to various healthcare facilities and have since been released. “I wish those injured a speedy recovery,” said Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport in the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba. “We do our very best to keep our passengers safe and this is a sad day for us,” she added. Preliminary reports suggest that the reason for the accident could be attributed to poor visibility due to heavy rains in the area at that time. The bus operating companies will conduct further investigations to determine the cause of the accident and take remedial measures if need be. “It is imperative that we determine how this can be prevented in future to ensure that our passengers and road users remain safe,” said MMC Makhuba.


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Afro-Kombs college kick-starts the 2019 academic year as they strive for excellence

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n exciting moment, mixed with anxiety could be seen amongst learners as scores of pupils were added to the current School system, making way for new beginnings. A somewhat empty City was flooded by little feet making way to various school premises around the City. It’s estimated that 100 000 new learners are absorbed into the school system, and Grade 1’s start the first day of the rest of their lives at primary school. The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) released a list of the 61 top matriculants in 2018. “Cheaper”

South African private schools produced more top-performing matriculants in the 2018 IEB examinations than the country’s most expensive private schools. The IEB is the examination agency for South Africa’s private schools. The Inner City Gazette observed children and parents making way to Metropolitan College situated along Pritchard street, Bemssel College along simmonds street, Afro-Kombs College on Bree street as well as St Mary’s Primary school in Kensington. Registration for the above mentioned colleges is still open.

Quality education is at the core of Inner-City Schools, instilling discipline as well as making sure that learners have a bright future ahead of them. Waseem Carrim, Chief Executive of the National Youth Development Agency says, “The right to education comes with many responsibilities. There are teachers’ responsibility for inspiring students and pushing them to learn. Parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV.

Government’s responsibility for setting high standards, and supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working, where students aren’t getting the opportunities that they deserve. But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world - and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of our children fulfill their responsibilities, unless our kids show up to those schools, unless they pay attention to those teachers, unless they listen to their parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.”


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