New MEC has to stem land grabs

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - SIVIWE FEKETHA

GAUT­ENG’S new hu­man set­tle­ments MEC, Dik­gang “Uhuru” Moiloa, is walk­ing into the eye of the storm as land grabs in the coun­try’s eco­nomic hub es­ca­late.

His boss, Premier David Makhura, wants him to crack down on land in­va­sions, pit­ting him against the EFF, which has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the land grabs in some in­stances.

Makhura also wants Moiloa to deal with the press­ing is­sue of the prop­erty rates hike in Joburg as well as the hous­ing back­logs in the province as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

The Gaut­eng gov­ern­ment, un­der out­go­ing MEC and ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Paul Mashatile, re­cently lost R150 mil­lion that had been al­lo­cated to build low-cost houses be­cause they had failed to spend it.

Yes­ter­day, Makhura ex­pressed alarm at the spate of il­le­gal land in­va­sions through­out the province, which have trig­gered po­lice de­ploy­ment to the var­i­ous hotspots.

Land in Pre­to­ria was in­vaded by com­mu­nity mem­bers, which in­cluded Olieven­hout­bosch, where peo­ple grabbed land to set­tle on and tried to erect struc­tures.

Some said this was in line with the ANC’s res­o­lu­tion of ex­pro­pri­at­ing land with­out com­pen­sa­tion, and the re­cent par­lia­men­tary mo­tion adopted by the ANC and the EFF on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Makhura slammed the in­va­sions, say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion would en­sure that law en­force­ment agen­cies brought to jus­tice any­one who grabbed land.

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