Police Arrests Two Suspects In Connection With The Illegal Sale Of City Of Joburg-owned land for R7 000 in Eikenhof.
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the illegal sale of a City of Joburg-owned stand for R7 000.
The suspects, aged 44 and 46, were arrested on Friday during a sting operation in Eikenhof, also known as Jackson City, after selling the stand to undercover officials.
Police said they had also identified a third suspect who worked within the City and allegedly collaborated with the two suspects to illegally sell the stand.
The two arrested suspects were charged with corruption and extortion.
According to the City’s Group Forensic and Investigative Services (GFIS) spokesperson, Lucky Sindane, they set up a sting operation with the Hawks and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) to bust suspects involved in the illegal selling of City-owned land.
The operation was in response to a complaint the GFIS received about the illegal sale from the head of department, Group Legal and Contracts, said Sindane.
“When the undercover officials approached the suspects, they agreed to sell the stand for R7 000.”
Before handing over the stand to the undercover officials, the suspects requested a R4 500 deposit, said Sindane.
Once the payment was made into a bank account provided by the suspects, Sindane said the undercover officials arrested the two men.
They are due to appear in court on Monday.
The City said it continued to battle the illegal occupation of its land.
Sindane said the City had previously obtained a court order against occupiers and the erecting of illegal structures in June 2020.
The order was further extended to November 2020, said Sindane.
Sindane said corruption had no place in the City and urged people to inform it of any illegal land occupation.
“The information will assist our law enforcement agencies as they continue to investigate these cases throughout the City.
“The City will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks, SAPS and all other institutions within the criminal justice system to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve,” said Sindane.