Squatters invade France

2012-06-28 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is to probe the invasion of land near France township that has been earmarked for a housing project.

Councillor Eunice Majola, who chairs the municipality’s housing committee, said this yesterday after receiving a memorandum from France residents.

“We will investigate who is selling this land and why they are taking the land of the poor,” she said.

“We will make sure that all those who participate in this illegal land sale are arrested.”

The municipality demolished shacks at the site, Shenston-Ambleton, at the weekend.

Mduduzi Hlongwane, who chairs the People’s Housing Process Committee, representing people from France, said: “We have been waiting since 1998 for our houses.

“Now we see people building on the land that the municipality said was intended for a housing project.”

He claimed that rich people were occupying some plots to build smart homes illegally and that nothing was being done to stop them.

The committee said it needed to hear within 14 days when the housing project would start.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the “smart” houses were being built on a portion of privately owned land next to municipal property.

“Since last week we have demolished more than 28 shacks that were on the municipal land, but we don’t have contact details for the owner of the land that is next to us to notify him [that his land is being invaded].”

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