Nothing wrong with land grab – Floyd Shivambu

2014-11-12 15:13

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There is nothing illegal about the attempted “land grab” at Nellmapius, Pretoria, Economic Freedom Fighters chief whip Floyd Shivambu has said.

According to ANC Gauteng spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli, the land had been earmarked for a low-cost housing development.

“There is nothing wrong with [the land grab]. If the government delays allocating land, people must occupy it,” Shivambu told journalists at Parliament today.

“We are not condemning the fighters.”

EFF leader Julius Malema was not available for comment.

Just before 1pm, Nellmapius residents threw stones at the metro police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.

The stone-throwers ran into the informal settlement to hide and the metro police, in a Nyala, pursued them.

A few minutes later the residents emerged. The Nyala followed them up the street, and fired more rubber bullets.

The residents blocked Old Bronkhorstspruit Road with rocks and tree branches, and lit fires in the road.

By 2pm, the groups dispersed and police were removing the debris from the road, allowing traffic to flow.

A few men stood around smoking and watching police clear up the road while two women carrying corrugated iron sheets on their heads walked towards the informal settlement.

Police and metro police maintained a significant presence in the area.

EFF Nellmapius branch chairperson Vusi Msiza said the “land invasion” began on Sunday.

“We found people on the land who were trying to erect shacks,” he told residents earlier.

“As the EFF found them here, we decided to support the community because we are all affected by this.”

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