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Monday Sep 06, 2021

NPO again under fire 'for disposing of land to private developers'

Housing NPO Communicare has once again come under fire with allegations from social activist Colin Arendse that it was "disposing of land, acquired under the apartheid regime, to private developers".

The rental agency has however denied the allegation.

Arendse said yesterday that a group of indigenous people had lodged a land claim against Communicare in 2019 "for all the land and buildings on it that Communicare claims to own".

This as its subsidiary Good Find Properties earlier this year announced its intention to sell all its property in Ruyterwacht.

Arendse said: "The illegal sale of land and houses by the Communicare group in Ruyterwacht is an attack on our judiciary as the forced disposal of land and houses is taking place while the Land Claims Court is still in session adjudicating on the land claim before it.

"If the government is really in control of our country, it will intervene immediately to stop these forced removals and evictions in Ruyterwacht while our victims battle not only the poverty they are living in but also the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Communicare spokesperson Balisa Ntloko, said: "The Ruyterwacht Community Association (RCA) has repeatedly made the unfounded allegation that Communicare is not the legal owner of the land, with no evidence to prove its claim.

"Communicare has defended itself against these allegations and welcomed the RCA's legal case as it provided an opportunity for an independent ruling on the matter. Regrettably, the case was thrown out of court when the RCA did not appear in court.

"However, they continue to make allegations regarding Communicare's ownership of the land.

"A deeds office search will confirm Communicare as the legal owner of land in Ruyterwacht and all its other properties."

In a recent statement by Goodfind Properties, to which Communicare subsidises some rentals in its properties, the agency said that it had an "early transfer of ownership of the Boom Flats" as part of its intention to sell all its property in Ruyterwacht, while the Saldanha Flats had also been sold to a private buyer.

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