EFF ploy for poor to oc­cupy land – ANC

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BALD­WIN ND­ABA

THE ANC in Gaut­eng has claimed that the EFF or­dered res­i­dents of Nellmapius, east of Pre­to­ria, to oc­cupy va­cant land, be­cause Julius Malema had bought it for them.

ANC MPL Re­filwe Mo­gale di­vulged this yes­ter­day in the Gaut­eng leg­is­la­ture.

The MPL was re­spond­ing to EFF Gaut­eng leader Mgcini Tshwaku’s claims that the ANC and me­dia “were crim­i­nal­is­ing the home­less­ness” of Nellmapius res­i­dents.

Tshwaku had said the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple who oc­cu­pied land in that area was due to the in­abil­ity of the ANC to pro­vide them with houses.

“The EFF un­der­stands the ma­te­rial con­di­tions of home­less­ness in Gaut­eng brought to you by the ANC gov­ern­ment. That is why we support (the) com­mu­nity strug­gle of ward 86 in Tsh­wane, Nellmapius, for land oc­cu­pa­tion.

“This is based on the EFF’s found­ing man­i­festo that the EFF will be in­volved in mass move­ments and protests that seek the bet­ter­ment of peo­ple’s lives.

The EFF will also as­so­ciate it­self with move­ments that de­mand land through land oc­cu­pa­tion,” he told the leg­is­la­ture.

He said the af­fected res­i­dents had been on the gov­ern­ment wait­ing list for houses “for ages and were told that the land will be given to them, but till to­day – noth­ing”.

Tshwaku flayed the gov­ern­ment and the po­lice for their han­dling of the vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion.

“ANC gov­ern­ment po­lice started shoot­ing at peo­ple as they did in Marikana,” he said.

But Mo­gale, chair­woman of the Gaut­eng pe­ti­tions port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, said res­i­dents were mis­led. “Res­i­dents told the com­mit­tee the EFF in­structed them to oc­cupy that land.”

Tsh­wane metro po­lice fired rub­ber bul­lets to dis­perse res­i­dents who threw stones at them after their shacks were de­mol­ished.

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