So close to land in­va­sion

Post - - OPINION -

“LAND in­vaders go on ram­page” (POST, Novem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 2) refers.

I was ab­so­lutely dis­tressed as I live a few me­tres from where the ram­page took place last Mon­day. If the land is given to in­vaders, our fu­ture is doomed.

This will be the start of more land in­va­sions and vi­o­lent at­tacks in Chatsworth, pro­vid­ing fer­tile ground for an up­ris­ing. I hope and pray this in­va­sion is not a strate­gic tool to den­i­grate In­di­ans and cause un­war­ranted racial divi­sion. We should not be talking about In­di­ans ver­sus Africans, but as South Africans and our con­tri­bu­tion to na­tion-build­ing and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity needs to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and se­cure all its prop­er­ties by hav­ing full-time se­cu­rity to stop land grabs.

The gov­ern­ment must take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing sub­stan­tial hous­ing for the poor. Land in­va­sion is not the answer to ad­dress eco­nomic re­form.

Na­tional and lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs to work to­gether and find a solution that pro­tects the in­ter­est of the pub­lic and ad­dresses the needs of the poor and eco­nom­i­cally marginalised in our so­ci­ety.

Spe­cial thanks must go to Rocky Naidoo, As­lam Ku­doos and Rosheni Naidoo for keep­ing the res­i­dents in­formed about the at­tempted land in­va­sion.

I am re­minded of a say­ing: “Men hard­ened in sins do not fear evil”.


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