Land invasion continues

The Democratic Alliance in Ekurhuleni is deeply concerned over the lack of action taken by the City of Ekurhuleni. (Picture Stock)

The Democratic Alliance in Ekurhuleni is deeply concerned over the lack of action taken by the City of Ekurhuleni regarding the illegal land invasion near Location Road in Brakpan.

“The illegal land invasion originally started on February 13, 2017, and was initially reported to the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department in Brakpan,” said DA councillor for Ward 97 in Brakpan, Brandon Pretorius.

“Nearly a month later, on March 3, the first official response was received by the Mayoral Siyaquhba team, saying that action will be taken against the illegal land invasions as the land has been marked and approved as a mixed-use housing development.

“Since then the matter has still not been resolved and the number of illegal land invaders has risen from approximately 15 to over a thousand to date.

“It is safe to say that the situation is becoming out of control.”

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Pretorius believes the increase can be attributed to the lack of action taken by the metro, as it only served to encourage more illegal land invaders as the original ones were not immediately evicted.

The invaders are also under the impression that they will automatically qualify for the housing that is scheduled to be built on the land.

“Another pressing issue is that of the land being sold illegally by a community member, which is giving the impression that the illegal invaders own the land,” said Pretorius.

He told the Herald the matter was escalated to the MMC for Human Settlements, Clr Lesiba Mpya, and city manager Imogen Mashazi.

In addition, a court order was approved in 2017 for eviction.

“The matter has now yet again been escalated to Mpya, and a formal letter will again be forwarded to Mashazi calling for her intervention on the matter, as she is the highest authority within the Ekurhuleni municipality,” said Pretorius.

“The failed action taken by the City of Ekurhuleni has a direct effect on the illegal land invasions, and is prohibiting the approved mixed housing project which will benefit the residents of Ekurhuleni, more especially the residents of Brakpan.

“As the DA, we are left with no choice but to escalate the issue to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, seeking their assistance and intervention to ensure immediate action is taken and justice is served for the residents of Brakpan.”

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