Hospital plot overrun

2010-08-26 00:00

INVASIONS of municipal land continued unabated yesterday as a plot near Mason’s Mill was overrun by people who said the land is not being utilised.

The plot is apparently earmarked for the building of a new hospital.

This land invasion comes barely a week after residents at Glenwood 2 took over a large tract of vacant land in the area and started preparing it for building houses, despite warnings by the municipality not to build there.

By midday yesterday many residents, believed to be from the Mason’s Mill area, were busy at the plot, removing vegetation and preparing to build on their chosen sites.

One of the people at the site, who did not want to be named, said they are well aware that what they are doing is illegal, but they have been left with no other choice.

They need land and the plot has remained unused by the municipality for years.

“They keep telling us that there is no land, and yet there is this land unused,” said another of the invaders.

“… there is also the problem of crime here, which takes place mainly in this area because it a forest.”

The source said that many people are mugged and robbed in the forest when they return from work, “so the community has decided to move closer to the road and remove the forest so the area can be safe”.

A businessman in the area said that if the invasion is not dealt with quickly, it will pose a serious problem in the area.

“Nobody wants to own property in the area where there is a squatter camp nearby because that just increases the problem of crime.”

He said that a few years ago residents had witnessed a similar invasion, which led to a massive drop in property prices.

Local councillor Sipho Sibisi said he is not aware of any land invasion, but will follow up the matter.

Brian Zuma, spokesperson for the Msunduzi Municipality, said there were attempts to invade the land, but municipal security officials moved the people and are monitoring the situation.

 

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