Land in­va­sion warn­ing

Afro Voice (Free State) - - NEWS - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@the­newage.co.za

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.

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