We will not move - Soshanguve squatters

2015-10-08 12:45
Squatters in Soshanguve have vowed not to move from the land they are occupying. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Squatters in Soshanguve have vowed not to move from the land they are occupying. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Squatters in Soshanguve have vowed not to move from land they are allegedly occupying illegally.

"We will fight them. The land does not belong to the city," said community leader James Mkhatshwa on Thursday.

"Only the rightful owner can do that and we are prepared to negotiate with him."

The stand-off stems from eviction notices being served on two informal settlements following the bulldozing of shacks in Extension 19.

Residents of Extension 19 occupying private and municipal land, were removed by metro police and the Red Ants, in terms of a court order issued.

During the encounter, residents allegedly threw petrol bombs and stones at police. About 2 500 shacks were removed and four people arrested. Two were arrested for public violence and the other two for possession of petrol bombs.

The two other squatter camps - in Extension 6 and 10 - were given six days to vacate the land.

'They will be removed'

TMPD spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they were given notices to move.

“All the squatters have been given a notice. Should they fail to move, they will be removed. We will break their structures,” said Mahamba.

Mkhatshwa claimed that they had not received a notice of eviction. He added that they had decided to occupy the land due the crime that was prevailing in the area. He claimed people were being robbed and attacked in the bushes. He added that the last straw was when a stolen car was discovered there.

“We met with the metro police and council before occupying this land and informed them of our intentions. We explained that we will occupy the land until they find the owner as a lot of crime was taking place in the area.

“Should they try to evict us, we will fight them. We are not prepared to move from here. People that are living here are very poor and have nowhere else to go. What must they do now? This is not council land,” he said.

Soshanguve squatters

Squatters in Soshanguve have vowed not to move from the land they are occupying. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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