- Gauteng Premier David Makhura has pleaded with the EFF not to encourage anarchy and illegal land grabs
- Gauteng has been the scene of various land grabs in recent days
- Those occupying the land claim the EFF gave them permission to take the land
Gauteng has been the scene of multiple land grabs in recent days. Those occupying the land claim to have been given permission to do so by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
This has prompted Gauteng Premier David Makhura to plead with the EFF not to encourage illegal land grabs. Makhura said: “You can’t want to amend the Constitution whilst at the same time you’re encouraging anarchy.”
Gauteng officials confirmed there were cases of land grabs at Blue Hills in Midrand and Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion over the weekend.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Makhura said the new Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa’s first task in office would be to deal with the land invasion situation.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba recently secured a court order stopping people from invading Orange Farm.
On Sunday President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned reports of land invasions, he warned those occupying land illegally that his administration would not tolerate such lawless behaviour.
Last month Parliament passed a motion which could lead to amendments being made to the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
The matter has been referred to the constitutional review committee who must report back to Parliament by 31 August 2018. President Ramaphosa himself has repeatedly said the motion would only become law if certain conditions can be met.
Ramaphosa made it clear that land expropriation would only take place if food security could be guaranteed and if the process did not provide any threat to other sectors of the economy such as banking.
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