Land invasion increases rapidly in eMbalenhle

Land invasion is increasing in eMbalenhle.

The number of residents who are invading Ext 22 is increasing rapidly.

More than 500 shacks have been erected in the area and are now close to a river.

It is alleged that each resident paid R100 to the leaders for administration purposes before they erected their shacks.

Invasion of the area began earlier this year and was led by Mr John Mahlangu, an activist and EFF member, who made it clear he was not backing down on the issue of land grabbing.

In the past he told the nespaper he will never stop encouraging residents to invade land.

“The municipality must give land to the people and stop making excuses. The elderly do not have homes. The municipality told us last year the land was not good enough for people to live on, but they are currently building RDP houses on it.”

Govan Mbeki Municipality condemned land invasion and opened a criminal case against Mr Zwane.

They also suspended him as a street committee member in March.

However the case was set aside by the Evander Magistrate’s Court and it was said there was not enough evidence to constitute a criminal case.

This is the third massive land invasion in the area after Marikana in Kinross and Marikana in the Mandela Section.

The Community Policing Forum (CPF) urged the municipality to implement bylaws, because the illegal squatter camps are contributing to crime.

They said where the shacks are situated, the roads are bad and police vehicles cannot get into those areas when a crime is reported.

They said most of the occupants in these areas are foreigners.

Mr Joseph Mhlongo from the CPF said land invasion increases daily in the area.

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Sifiso Mathebula

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