Alleged land invaders protest

2014-08-26 00:00

A POSSE of alleged land invaders took to the streets yesterday morning.

Armed with sticks and waving ANC flags, a large group of protesters marched down Otto’s Bluff Road singing and yelling at passing motorists and residents in the area. They danced and ran down the road, poking their sticks towards startled onlookers. According to policemen at the scene, the protesters were burning tyres and throwing stones at passing vehicles before the SAPS arrived.

The protesters allegedly included those land invaders who illegally began to build informal settlements in the Woodlands and Lotus Park areas a few months back. On July 28, Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati granted an interim order instructing them to vacate the land. However, last Friday, Judge Yvonne Mbatha refused to consider Msunduzi’s application to find them in contempt and authorise their arrest, saying that the municipality is obliged to provide housing to people.

All attempts by The Witness to communicate with the protesters were met with abuse. Even though their vans were present at the scene, the SAPS media centre said no related incidents had been reported to them.


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