Land invaders are warned

2019-01-17 06:01

TONGAAT ward councillor Dolly Munien cautioned residents who allegedly invaded private land in Tongaat recently.

Munien said she received calls from officials alerting her to a land invasion near the site of the housing project at Zamokuhle. Munien said: “The alleged land grab took place at Sitaram where we have a housing project taking place. We have completed phase one of the project and we are working on phase two of the project. Residents must refrain from invading this piece of land that has been earmarked for development.”

Munien said disabled people, child-headed families and senior citizens will be given preference for the houses in phase one of the project. She added: “It is unfortunate that since the inception of the project, we have witnessed people coming from as far as Eastern Cape and occupying the land. The housing project was meant for the locals. My advice to the residents is that anyone who is willing to rebuild a house must consult with the officials before erecting [illegal] structures. I will be visiting the area, together with members of the SAPS, land invasion unit and Metro police, to conduct a sight inspection.”

Munien said residents applying to rebuild a house should be in possession of an ID document, a letter from a ward committee member, a photograph of the house, an affidavit from the SAPS and letter from the ward councillor.

However, ward committee member Mthandeni Phiri denied allegations of a land invasion taking place in the area.

Phiri said: “We have security guards working on site and we have not received any complaints about a land invasion. The Sunhill Housing Project is continuing as planned. I am aware that residents were angry and wanted to connect electricity to their houses because we were promised that our houses would be electrified, but nothing is happening.”

The police spokesperson in Tongaat, Captain Patrick Ngwane, warned against a land grab. Ngwane said according to the records, there was only one case of a land invasion reported at Gwala’s Farm last year.

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