Fed up with land invasions

2014-08-19 00:00

FED-UP Woodlands residents held an impromptu meeting last night to discuss the spate of land invasions in the area.

For several weeks, Site 11 residents have continued to invade vacant municipal land behind Woodlands.

The municipality obtained a court order to stop this.

Last night resident said the municipality must be taken to task for failing to do its job and prevent the land invasions.

Francis Grantham, who spoke on behalf of the community, said the residents had been asking the municipality to make the same land available for the development of the suburb for the past 20 years and have never received a response.

“In Woodlands there are people who live in outbuildings, others live in garages … we have been asking the municipality to make that land available so we can develop it for our children and nothing has happened.”

Grantham said the municipality should not allow land invasion but the process should be done legally, honestly and fairly. He warned that if the land invasion was not stopped, they too would invade that land.

Some residents were urgently forming a “task team” that guards the area during the day, ready to “peacefully” approach the land invaders and tell them to stop.

The community planned a bigger meeting tomorrow where the issue will be discussed.

Residents had earlier called The Witness, saying Site 11 residents were continuing demarcating plots and clearing the vegetation.

A visit by The Witness revealed little activity, with many wooden structures standing and a few men working in the bush with chainsaws and pangas clearing the vegetation to make way for building.

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