- The DA blames the EFF for land invasion that has gripped Gauteng in recent weeks
- The opposition party says the premier of Gauteng has failed to address the continued illegal occupation of provincial property
- The DA said it believes in land redistribution and restitution, but do not support land invasion
The DA said despite Gauteng premier David Makhura's calls for the EFF to discourage land grabs, it remains rife along the Golden Highway.
John Moodey, the DA's provincial leader, said the EFF must be held accountable for the latest land invasions in parts of Gauteng last weekend.
Moodey said the EFF is inciting illegal invasions. This comes shortly after reports surfaced that the red party’s members and councillors called on Alexandra residents to invade land in the area.
According to a report by The Citizen, Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion was once again hit by illegal land occupation on Sunday. Law enforcement officials demolished about 15 erected shacks and 20 half-built structures.
Earlier this month, Makhura was prompted to address the community when the land invasion evacuation came after weeks of illegal occupation in the area.
However, Moodey says the EFF should be blamed, because the party encouraged people to break the law to meet their “own narrow political agenda”.
Although it's not clear who was responsible for Sunday's land grabs, Moodey said such acts could lead to a “total collapse of the rule of law”.
“I have no information regarding the EFF’s involvement in that [Olievenhoutbosch] incident, but allegations are that in Alexandra, they are inciting people to do land invasions. They have been encouraging people to break the law in order to meet their own political agenda.”
Land invasions have been on the increase since the EFF brought forward a motion of land expropriation without compensation, which was passed in parliament.
Moodey accused the premier of failing to address continued illegal occupation of provincial property in areas around the Golden Highway: "The two DA metros, as well as Midvaal, take the appropriate action within the confines of the law. The Golden Highway in the south of Johannesburg is a provincial road and Makhura’s provincial government is doing absolutely nothing.
“The DA believes in land redistribution and restitution but we do not support land invasion, nor do we support land expropriation without compensation.”
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