Land grab: Glenwood 2 residents mark their plots

2010-08-24 00:00

GLENWOOD 2 residents yesterday carried out their threat to build homes on they municipal land they invaded on Sunday morning.

Many residents moved across the vacant land marking out plots and preparing them for building, but they were far fewer than the hundreds of men, women and children who were there on Sunday.

The residents invaded the land on Sunday morning, acting on a false rumour that the area had been earmarked to accommodate residents from the Jika Joe settlement. They claimed they live in squalid conditions due to a lack of land.

The rumour was dismissed by Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr, who said no decision has been made on the relocation of Jika Joe residents.

A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said plans for building in the area are going “full steam ahead”.

“There was a meeting held yesterday to block the building on the land, but that meeting means nothing to us; we have resolved to continue building.”

Councillor Mzwakhe Dladla was due to hold a meeting with the community last night.

“What they have done is land invasion and it is illegal,” Dladla said.

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