Gonubie property demolished

A RUN-down Gonubie home belonging to property tycoon Sisa Ngebulana is in the process of being demolished.

The property on the corner of Loerie Crescent and Fish Eagle Close made headlines last year when the decomposed body of a man was found on the premises.

REZONING: The house in Gonubie, where a man was found dead last year, is being demolished and a townhouse complex will be developed on the plot Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD
REZONING: The house in Gonubie, where a man was found dead last year, is being demolished band a townhouse complex will be developed on the plot Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

It was alleged at the time the abandoned house was being used as a shelter by vagrants.

An associate of Ngebulana, Vuyokazi Njongwe, hired a private security company to guard the house after the body’s discovery but the arrangement did not last long and the guards disappeared.

Yesterday Njongwe said she had fired the security company “as the guards were not pitching up on time”.

“We have received the demolition permit from the Buffalo City Metro and have taken the view of immediately demolishing the property,” she said, adding that thedemolition started on Saturday. The Dispatch visited the property yesterday and found a group of men working at the site.

A well-built man, who identified himself as Ngebulana’s brother, barred the Dispatch photographer from taking pictures.

“You wrote a story last year saying my brother was a murderer – do you know how many mouths he is feeding? Why are you trying to destroy him?” he said.

It is expected that Ngebulana, who built both Hemingways and Mdantsane City, will develop a townhouse complex on the plot.

Police stumbled on the decomposed body of the man in December when suspect Dewald van Vuuren allegedly confessed to murder.

The matter is currently before the East London Magistrate’s Court.

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