- City of Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga spoke out against illegal land invasion during his state of the capital address yesterday
- EFF Tshwane leader Benjamin Disoloane said his party would continue to encourage its followers to occupy vacant land
- Disoloane challenges Msimanga to provide alternative housing for the homeless in the city
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Tshwane said it would not stop encouraging people to occupy vacant land in the capital. This comes after Mayor Solly Msimanga spoke out against illegal land invasions on Thursday.
In his second state of the capital address on Thursday, Msimanga had harsh words about illegal land invasion and noted a worrying threat from a group in Olievenhoutbosch who have refused to vacate illegally occupied houses which were intended for the Mooiplaats community.
Msimanga said law and order should always be upheld. He said the people of Tshwane should not allow themselves to be used as political pawns by organisations which do not necessarily have their best interest at heart.
Briefly.co.za gathered that EFF Tshwane leader Benjamin Disoloane said his party would continue to encourage people to use land which is not being utilised. He said the EFF would continue to encourage its followers to occupy vacant land until Msimanga had come up with alternative housing for them.
Disoloane slammed Msimanga for labelling those who invaded land as thieves.
He said: “The mayor should stop reducing our people by making out they are stealing the land,” he said. “He must come up with alternatives to make sure our people have places for residential and economic purposes.”
Olievenhoutbosch has been at the centre of illegal occupation of RDP houses which has drawn the condemnation of the City of Tshwane, the Gauteng government and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The occupation led to emergency meetings between various stakeholders, with Msimanga assuring Mooiplaats residents that they would still be moving to the newly built houses in Olievenhoutbosch.
The current residents are set to oppose their eviction notice and will make a formal appearance before the Pretoria High Court on 23 May.
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