Residents in the Mahube Valley have told Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga that illegal land invaders must be evicted with immediate effect, after violent clashes in the township promted him to visit.
On Wednesday, several houses were set on fire by alleged shack dwellers who occupy some space next to the township, sparking unrest.
Msimanga, however, says there is an alternative space for those who have illegally occupied land in Mahube and that he'll use the law to remove them.
“We are getting a new interdict to says we cannot allow a situation where people behave the way they’ve been behaving.” he said.
Residents then told the mayor that he should act swiftly in evicting the illegal land grabbers before more violence erupt. “The situation has reached a point where we are now using an eye for an eye.” on resident said.
Meanwhile, some illegal land occupants in Mahube Valley say they are willing to talk to the government to find a permanent solution to their housing issue.
At the same time, Tshwane Metro officials are on site, trying to restore water and electricity which were cut off during protests.
Msimanga says he is waiting for a court outcome on an application that the metro has lodged in an effort to evict illegal land invaders.
Msimanga says there will be police presence until calm returns to the area.