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SACP statement on court action over housing fraud

28 August 2018

Today, Tuesday 28 August 2018, we witnessed the beginning of the biggest series of legal actions in South Africa since 1994.

Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation led by King Sibiya "The People`s Lawyer", together with the organisation`s administrator, Winnie Mokoena, have, for some years, been leading the fight against the horrific scandal of housing fraud and evictions in South Africa.

The court case commencing today covers one aspect of housing fraud: the sale of repossessed houses well below their market value. In most countries, repossessed houses go to auction and there is a reserve price normally set at 15% below the estimated value. In South Africa there is no reserve price. The result is that the houses have been sold at ridiculously low prices. It is common for houses to be sold for R100, and Lungelo Lethu has documentary records of three houses sold for R10. Even if a person has defaulted on a bond, - once the remainder of the bank loan is paid off and legal and administration costs are also paid, the rest of the money should go back to the person who has defaulted.

King Sibiya correctly asserts that the volume of evictions in South Africa today is at the same level as forced removals during apartheid and that " there is no Constitution for the poor in South Africa".

The South African Communist Party fully supports the Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation in fighting the horrors of eviction. There has been much justified criticism of corruption within the public sector. The SACP asserts that we need a thorough investigation into corruption in the private sector, in particular the financial sector.

Lungelo Lethu has proved that housing fraud is being perpetrated by syndicates which include the four major banks, estate agents and others involved in "property development" together with some municipal housing officials and members of the police force and the legal profession.

In the class action that will ensue at later stage, Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation will be represented in court by Scottish attorney, Douglas Shaw, a specialist on banking law, who has previously won cases against the banks in the United Kingdom and Canada. Douglas Shaw asserts that his research has shown that South Africa has the worst record of house repossessions and evictions in the world (with the exception of Israeli occupied Palestine.)

The decision of the Johannesburg High Court on this matter will be crucial in establishing the rights of the ordinary people of South Africa against an avaricious banking system. Once there is a favourable conclusion, more than 200 people will begin a class action against the four major banks alleging illegal eviction and repossession.

The lawsuit against the banks is expected to cover every wrongful repossession since 1994 and is for an estimated R60 billion.

The SACP further calls for a moratorium on all evictions, during which time there must be a full-scale Commission of Inquiry into all aspects of evictions and housing fraud.

Lastly, the SACP demands criminal investigation into private sector corruption and the bringing-to-book of all involved. We cannot continue to accept a legal system in which the theft of a cellphone is a criminal offence but the theft of a house is only a civil offence.

ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY | SACP

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