EFF must take responsibility for land grab – David Makhura

2014-11-12 16:23

The Economic Freedom Fighters must take responsibility for the attempted “land grab” in Nellmapius, Pretoria, Gauteng premier David Makhura has said.

“This land grab taking place in Tshwane by the EFF is something we condemn completely and we want the law enforcement agencies to act firmly against those who are behind this,” he told reporters in Joburg today.

“Finally at least we are happy there is a member of the EFF who has said it’s the EFF because it is something we suspected in a number of areas and the EFF must take responsibility.”

Makhura said the province had alerted all its municipalities.

“[This] is something we’ve been tracking in a number of areas.”

He said the Tshwane municipality would be going to court over the so-called “land grab”.

Large groups of people arrived in the area to demand they be given free land to build their own houses.

Earlier today, groups who had lined a road in Nellmapius dispersed after rubber bullets were fired at them when they threw stones at metro police.

Meanwhile, the house of the ward councillor in Nellmapius was ransacked, Tshwane city council chief whip Jabu Mabona said.

Around 11am residents allegedly broke into the home of councillor Precious Marole, breaking windows and a door, and stole items including a television, he said.

No one was in the house at the time of the break-in, he said.

Police could not immediately confirm the incident.

Mabona said it was not too late to engage residents about the land.

“If there is still a misunderstanding, we are ready to correct what has caused such a rupture. We don’t condone violence.”

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