Man arrested for illegal sale of City-owned land

Johannesburg Mayor, Herman-Mashaba photo by-Greg-Nicolson

Mayedwa Njilana was arrested over the weekend of November 4, by the SAPS, for the illegal sale of government land.
Njilana is alleged to have sold two vacant plots for R15 000 each to two people at Weilers Farm, one of which belonged to a private individual, which is situated in the South of Johannesburg.
According to Johannesburg Executive Mayor and Councillor Herman Mashaba, Njilana’s escapades began in 2010 after he was appointed by a consultant working for the City’s Housing Department to assist with the registration of title deeds. At the time he was also a community liason officer for the contractor tasked to build houses in Kanana Park.

It is alleged that in 2011, a complainant was informed of Njilana selling stands around Weilers Farm for R15 000 each. The complainant then met  with the accused and agreed on the terms of payment for the stand.  Njilala was paid a deposit of R6 000 and the balance was paid in monthly installments.

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In November 2011 a second victim, also from Weilers Farm, was also scammed by Njilana. The complainant paid a deposit of R8 000 into Njilana’s account and the remainder in installments.
The second complainant was then allocated a stand in the area, but the stand belonged to someone else.
After attempts to get their money back from Njilana  failed, the victims approached the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) Department.

“This is the third arrest that we have made this year regarding the illegal sale of the City’s properties.
“I’m appealing to anyone who might have information on the illegal sale of stands and RDP house to please come forward. The information will assist our law enforcement agencies as they continue to investigate these cases throughout the City,” Mashaba said in a statement.

“I would also like to encourage people to report any fraud and corruption activities through our 24hour tipoff hotline 0800 002 587,” he added.
Njilana appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on November 6, on charges of fraud and corruption.

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Rebecca Mogalagadi
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