Land invasion warning
THE new Gauteng MEC for human settlements and cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), Dikgang “Uhuru” Moiloa, whose appointment was announced yesterday, will have his hands full dealing with an increasing number of land grabs.
Yesterday Premier David Makhura announced Moiloa, the deputy speaker of the Gauteng provincial legislature, as the new MEC to replace Paul Mashatile who has been elected as ANC treasurer-general.
Makhura reiterated that land invasions were illegal and would not be tolerated.
“I have taken note of the spate of orchestrated illegal land invasions taking place in different parts of the province. The police across the province are on alert,” Makhura said.
The warning came amid land grabs on the R55 in Blue Hills, Olivenhouts- bosch, Hammanskraal and East Lynne in Tshwane and other parts of the province.
“As I have said before, there are many factors behind land invasion, these include financial gains made by those who sell land illegally as well as politically motivated land invasion.”
The financial factor has also been reported in Olievenhoutsbosch where people have been sold land for R100.
“Following our engagements with communities, we know that people have been making calls for land to be made available so that they can build their own houses and embark on economic activities,” he said.
He said that working with municipalities, the national government and state-owned enterprises, the province would ensure that well-allocated land in key economic centres was redistributed in the public interest to further establish post-apartheid cities.