NEWSFLASH: Land invaders evicted in Hammanskraal

Land invasion at Olievenhoutbosch. Photo: Twitter (@PairCmanenje)

Shacks erected illegally in Hammanskraal Unit D were demolished by the metro on Monday.

Mayor Solly Msimanga said notices to the occupants to remove illegal structures had fallen on deaf ears.

This was why the metro police had been deployed to vacate the area.

“We are also aware of two illegal land occupation attempts which took place over the weekend. A group of people invaded an open space in Olivenhoutbosch next to R55 and started to allocate stands to individuals. ”

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Msimanga said no shacks had been erected next to the R55, but the action was undermining the metro’s work of providing proper housing opportunities and social amenities to people.

In the second transgression at the weekend, invaders erected shacks in East Lynne.

“Our law enforcement machinery was quick to serve notices to the invaders to voluntary remove their incomplete shacks but, again, the notices were totally ignored. The removal of the informal structures was then effected with 180 structures removed.”

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A group of people then went on a rampage and blockaded some streets.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the unruly crowds.

Msimanga said no one was arrested and no injuries were reported to the police.

“It is unclear at this stage whether money is being exchanged at these illegal transactions. We advise members of the public not to buy pieces of land from anyone and not to take advice from anybody who instigates the community to occupy land.”

Msimanga said all land invasions should be reported to the metro police without delay on 012 358 7096/6 or at the nearest police station.

“We are committed to establishing a housing programme that allocates housing opportunities in a clear and transparent manner that seeks to address the housing crisis through a fair, corruption-free process. Our law enforcement agency will continue monitoring the affected areas.”

Felicia Nkhwashu

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