Gauteng Premier David Makhura has re-emphasized that citizens in the province are prohibited from occupying land illegally; as ‘commanded’ by the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Makhura made this known in reaction to the shot up of illegal land invasion in Gauteng. The premier disclosed that when he took office as premier in 2014; there was a total of 23 incidents of land invasion reported that year. In 2015, there were 45, but this year the number has already sky-rocketed to 79.
“I keep telling EFF members in the legislature that their campaign of taking land will not succeed, and the mayors should not be afraid to be removed because of this. This is about the rule of law,” he said.
Makhura admitted that his government will not fold its hands in the fight against land invasion, despite the fact that there have been 16 land invasion incidents since the municipal election ended.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura Downplays Claims By DA’s Mashaba
Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg, the premier downplayed DA’s Mashaba’s allegations that ANC members had forcefully invaded lands in Johannesburg; in order to weaken his newly-constituted administration.
In reaction, Makhura, a member of the ANC, slammed Mashaba for spreading such allegations. He disclosed that since assuming office, his administration has dealt with 146 incidents and had successfully prevented possible land invasions, even on privately owned land.
In recent time, Gauteng province has been rocked by so many incidents of land invasion by protesters demanding housing and services.
Reports had it that the EFF had urged those in need to seize vacant land; and that many of protesters seized and occupied land in Orange Farm; Ennerdale in the south of Johannesburg; Kagiso in the west rand and some areas in Tshwane. They were, however, evicted by the police.
In a bid to tackle the issue, the Gauteng Premier David Makhura urged residents that further invasion of land could distract government from its housing plans and increase the number of informal settlements.