Illegal land invasion leads to unrest in Protea Glen

Illegal land invasion leads to unrest in Protea Glen

- Protea Glen residents protested over land illegal land invasions

- Police were forced to fire rubber bullets and stun grenades into a crowd of protesters

- Residents of Protea Glen demanded to be addressed by Mayor Herman Mashaba

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Unrest surfaced in the Protea Glen area earlier today as residents protested over illegal land invasions linked to the area. The community has stood up in resistance to a group trying to erect shacks on a vacant piece of land in the area. While the group claims they have permission from the landowners to use the land for their shacks, the community has opposed them and is refusing to let them have access to the land.

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There have been numerous reports of people trying to erect make-shift housing in areas because they claim to be tired of waiting for the government to fulfil its promise, and the Gauteng Human Settlements department has commented that it is these acts that are slowing down the delivery of housing to communities.

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Protea Glen issues promise over the illegal land invasion

Protea Glen residents have stood by their decision to erect housing, despite being fired on by police earlier today. Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades on the protesters in an attempt to get them to disperse from protesting. This protest action follows the action that took place in the same area over the weekend.

Briefly.co.za reported recently in an article entitled Herman Mashaba tells land invaders he will address their concerns that:

-City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called on those who illegally grab land to be patient

- The mayor said the city would address their concerns through a formal process

- Mashaba said he had increased the city’s budget to service stands from R60 million to R100 million

City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called on those who are illegally grabbing land to be patient and to work with the city. Mashaba said the city would address their concerns through a formal process. Mashaba was responding to land invasions in Protea Glen in Soweto. A group of about a hundred people arrived in the area recently to claim plots of land.

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