Tenants out on the street few days before Christmas

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Matsapa Inn is located in the Bloemfontein CBD. Photo: Katleho Morapela

Tenants including women and children at Matsapa Inn in Bloemfontein were left stranded last night after the police and the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli allegedly raided the apartments and shut the whole building down. The police spokesperson, Sam Makhele, however said nothing illegal was found from the building, he says there was no sign of drug lords nor prostitutes operating from the building.

According to one of the tenants, Victoria Mantada, all tenants were told to evacuate the building with immediate effect and had nowhere else to go. Mantada said they were not given any notice or reasons as to why they had to evacuate the building without being reserved any alternative residence. She said she was left stranded with her two children, the youngest only two years.

“We have nowhere else to go. At this time of the year all accommodation places are fully booked. So, where are we supposed to go, are we supposed to sleep on the streets with our children?” Asked Mantada. She said Matsapa Inn has been her home for almost five years, and it’s the only place she can currently afford.

Meanwhile, the owner of the building, Husini Adam, said police officials have inspected the building before, however they have never given him any prior warning or indication of shutting down the building. Adam says although there is a pub at the ground floor of the building, his tenants hardly complained about it, and there were no illegal activities taking place at the pub.

The Mangaung Metro Municipality is yet to respond to Bloemfontein Courant’s enquiries.

Katleho Morapela / Courant News