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Human Settlements Department warns against illegal land invasions

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Department of Human Settlements says invading private or government property will not be tolerated. This comes after illegal land occupations in the Emfuleni municipality this past week that saw residents go toe to toe with law officials when 400 illegal informal structures were erected in among others Eersterust and Vanderbijlpark. Spokesperson Mandulo Maphumulo says land invasions have also been reported in Cape Town. She says this leads to further backlogs with housing projects.

This comes after land grabs were also underway in Elandsfontein, Midvaal, recently. The Midvaal municipality issued a statement in this regard, also condemning the illegal occupation of land. Last week on 25 June, the Gauteng Provincial Security Cluster comprising of South African Police Services (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Midvaal Traffic and other security stakeholders met to demolish and remove the illegally constructed shacks and demarcations from the properties. The SAPS continued with arresting some of the land invasion instigators and have been monitoring the area. Midvaal urged property owners to safeguard their properties by fencing off their properties, annexing sign posters indicating that the property is privately owned, and tress passers will be prosecuted.

PHOTOS: (Midvaal Local Municipality - Last week's incident)

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