Mandisa Mashego, EFF Gauteng provincial leader, denies that the party's call for land occupations has impeded the City of Joburg's ability to provide basic services in Alexandra. Mashego defended the party against a former MEC's claims that land grabs in the area had increased since the EFF's call to occupy land.
Speaking at the SA Human Rights Commission's inquiry into possible human rights violations, Mandisa Mashego denied that the EFF had made it difficult for the city to enforce by-laws and provide services.
Mashego had been commenting on allegations put forward by Dikgang Uhuru, former MEC of Human Settlements, who claimed land grabs had increased following the EFF's call to occupy land.
The Gauteng provincial head for the party said that the answer was clear as to why people were illegally occupying land:
“We are surprised by the question of why people are occupying land in Alexandra when the dire poverty is clear."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the recent destruction of over 80 Alexandra homes had prompted an inquiry into the matter.
The Sowetan reports that Mashego was adamant that land occupations were a part of the EFF's mandate, promising that the party would continue their work:
“We will intensify our struggle for expropriation of land without compensation … It’s not likely to get easier for anyone.”
As for claims that land occupation was impeding service delivery, Mashego commented that:
“The ANC was democratically elected in 1994 and EFF was formed in 2014. People were still forced to occupy land in that time. People are just looking for excuses not to do their jobs.”
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