- Gauteng premier David Makhura has appealed to the EFF to stop encouraging land grabs across Gauteng
- Backyard dwellers have been illegally claiming tracts of unused, privately own land in the province
- The EFF has claimed responsibility for most of the illegal land grabs
The Gauteng premier, David Makhura, has requested that the EFF stop encouraging land grabs across Gauteng.
The backyard dwellers have claimed tracts of land on unused, but privately owned, property in five areas across the province.
Several incidents of illegal occupation have been reported since last week Friday – in Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Midvaal.
Briefly.co.za learned the following areas have been affected:
- Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion
- Blue Hills in Midrand
- Weiler’s Farm in Elandsfontein
- Off the Golden Highway near Eldorado Park
- Orange Farm
The EFF has claimed responsibility for most of the land grabs, claiming it is fulfilling its land redistribution policy.
EFF chairperson in Gauteng, Mandisa Mashego, said that EFF structures and branches “lead all‚ if not most‚ land occupation programmes in Gauteng. Any land occupation in and around Tshwane is no exception.”
“We revere and honour it as our pillar of strength and bedrock of all our other policy statements that‚ if pursued vigorously or fearlessly‚ economic freedom in our lifetime will become real,” Mashego said.
However, Makhura has taken exception to the party’s statements, saying that it cannot be pursuing Constitutional change while also promoting anarchy in the province.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the land grabs, saying that no person can illegally occupy private land, as it was a clear violation of the country’s laws. He warned that those who are doing so will face the full might of the law.
The ANC party's focus for land expropriation is specifically on agricultural land.
The EFF, however, want all land in the country – rural, urban, agricultural and residential – to be nationalised, and subsequently leased out to citizens by the state, as in a Communist system.
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