Nelson Mandela Bay decided to keep by its decision to support the land occupiers that have set up more than 200 shacks beside several busy roads in the area. The NMB mayor, Mongameli Bobani, said: "hands off the land invaders".
More than 200 shacks have been built in Khayelitsha with the support of an EFF ward councillor as well as the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Mongameli Bobani.
The land occupation started about a month ago, according to a report by The Citizen.
The shacks have been erected beside busy roads in the area, including Sonto, Mabi, Gqabi, Kiva and Cushe street.
Mayor Bobani reportedly told GroundUp that they will keep to the council's plans to stand by the occupiers.
We are sticking by the council resolution: hands off the land invaders.
Simphiwe Ntshiza, the Ward 43 councillor, stated that the land occupiers are completely supported by his ward.
I support the land invaders 100% in my ward. Also, no one can bypass the council resolution we took last year that says there must be no more evictions on invasion. We as politicians are decision makers.
No one has a right to remove these people, including the directors, municipal officials and members of the mayoral committee.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the chairperson of the land occupiers, Lukhanyo Banana, told them to occupy any land they like.
We have now instructed people that if they like a certain piece of land, they must easily occupy it.
He added that the mayor told them to take all the space they see.
The mayor also assured us that we are doing the right thing and we must occupy every space we see.
Both the mayor and the EFF councillor promised they will bring us water and install electricity. There is an air of excitement in the area after the two leaders’ promises.
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