MIDVAAL - The Midvaal Local Municipality’s Mokete Motsamai says illegal land invasions of the last three weeks in Elandsfontein are unlike any invasions he has dealt with before. Motsamai, MMC Development and Planning at the municipality, says the invaders are invading properties that are not empty and they approach the owners demanding that they share and take "half-half". Motsamai says the group is well organized and they also threatened the families owning these properties to the extent that others want to leave their properties because they feel unsafe. He said he will be meeting with Security and Law Enforcement Clusters this week to ensure that they deal with this situation and restore calm. According to Motsamai, the municipality already obtained court orders for the area. He said clearly the invaders are contravening the orders in place therefore they will push for SAPS to make arrests this week.
Meanwhile, The FF Plus Midvaal says its members on Saturday worked together with Midvaal CPF teams and various other organisations to keep residents of Elandsfontein safe, which have been threatened with land grabs. FF Plus Gauteng MPL, Kobus Hoffman, said in a statement the situation became turbulent and two houses were targeted with petrol bombs, one of which was the home of the area's chief representative. Hoffman said as a result of death threats, assistance was requested throughout the night at the chief representative's home to protect him and his family. Several organizations, including the FF Plus Midvaal made themselves available and safeguarded the owner’s home and family until Sunday morning. The FF Plus thanked everyone who acted coherently and within the law, thus keeping several lives safe. Hoffman urged every Midvaal resident to become actively involved in the CPF and Neighborhood Watch structures within their areas, saying everyone has a role to play in keeping Midvaal saf
PHOTOS: (Mokete Motsamai; VF Plus Midvaal)