Residents and ANC blame EFF for illegal land grabs in Alexandra

Residents and ANC blame EFF for illegal land grabs in Alexandra

- Both residents and the ANC are convinced that the EFF is behind the recent spate of land grabs plaguing Alexandra

- Residents have planned to shut down the streets today to protest the township's land invasions

- Police have confirmed that two 'ring-leaders' have been arrested in connection with the ongoing situation

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ANC spokesperson, Jolidee Matongo, says that the party is convinced that the Economic Freedom Fighters are behind the recent land grabs in Alexandra.

Residents in the township plan to take to the streets today in protest of the recent land invasions, which they also blame on the EFF, according to The Citizen.

Members of the community in the region say that attempts to convince the City of Joburg to have illegal and dangerous settlements removed have been ignored.

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Matongo says that the DA-led city council has been powerless to stop the illegal occupations due to their coalition with the EFF in the municipality. He claims that the EFF has convinced followers to ignore the state's land release programme and resort to criminal land reform instead.

Lesego Raekwa, a resident, says that the lives of community members are in danger as settlements pop up around them:

“Julius Malema told people in the country to just take any piece of land which they like, and that is dangerous because you cannot just build shacks underneath pylons, you cannot just build shacks next to a school. You can imagine the way crime – and even rape – is out of control now.”

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According to TimesLIVE, two suspects dubbed as 'ring-leaders' have been arrested by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department in connection with the situation.

A JMPD spokesman has confirmed that a small group of protesters had been blocking roads and burning tyres.

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