Cape Town warns on land invasions

2011-05-16 22:40

Cape Town - Land invasions in Mitchell's Plain could delay the provision of formal housing in the area, Cape Town authorities warned on Monday.

"Portions of land in the Kapteinsklip and Swartklip areas, which were invaded over the weekend, are earmarked for formal housing," the city said in a statement.

The statement follows two days of clashes between police and about 150 so-called backyard dwellers, who had built shacks on the land, and reacted violently to attempts to remove the structures.

According to media reports, 18 people, including six police officers, have been injured in the violence. Police reacted by firing rubber bullets and using a water cannon after being pelted with stones.

The city said while it was sympathetic to the fact that some people had been waiting a long time for housing, and were impatient, it could not allow them to illegally occupy vacant land, or build structures.

"The city has plans for formal houses in the Kapteinsklip area. Unfortunately this will take time, as roads, water, electricity and sanitation have to be put in first.

"People will be allocated housing according to the official housing waiting list. This will ensure that people cannot jump the queue. Invading land will not result in being given preference over someone else on the waiting list."

It further warned that if people continued to attempt to occupy the land and erect illegal structures, the city would consider approaching the High Court for an eviction order and to break the structures down.

"It will also ask the court to grant an interdict to stop any further structures and unlawful occupation. This is being done to safeguard land, ensure proper planning and provision of services, as well as to ensure fairness to all who have waited for houses for a long time."

According to the statement, the SA Police Service and city law enforcement agencies were monitoring and assessing the situation on Monday, after the weekend clashes.

"The SAPS is in command, with city staff playing a supporting role," it said.

  • Shadango7 - 2011-05-16 23:13

    Let them build toilets first

      Sniper69 - 2011-05-17 09:15

      Open preferably.....

      Felix - 2011-05-17 09:50

      Or they could just go back to the EC once they have cast their illegal vote for the anc.

      Blaq - 2011-05-17 10:04


      nic - 2011-05-17 10:07

      Why so ANC supporters can trash them and start whinning again?

      kungfupanda - 2011-05-17 10:50

      Where did these people come from? I think we must implement birth restriction laws like China. Soon every piece of open land will have shacks on it, all waterways will be polluted and there will be open toilets everywhere. Disgusting!

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-16 23:50

    I thought Cape Town was like a heaven, so why are those people protests? I guess the service delivery is soooo perfect they are protesting for more.

      Noname - 2011-05-17 05:41

      There is not delivery problem, that is culture problem, we want, we want and I am sure, that people are supported by ANC , just 3 days before election happening, why not before. Just dirty trick from opposition to make Da name bad.

      paulf - 2011-05-17 05:47

      Read the article properly, it is land invasion. yes I do also believe it is a Dirty Trick by the Devil ANC!!!

      Nico - 2011-05-17 06:45

      @yellow... they protest because they want to be first in the line for houses and not wait their turn. Very much like an ANC attitude. Wants everything but with no respect to others. I hope you do understand this.

      sefeddt - 2011-05-17 07:41

      Care to explain the ANC vs DA history of housing delivery. DA has built more and better quality houses every year in the WC than the ANC did when they ran the province.

      Blaq - 2011-05-17 10:03

      Felix u really are a retard pheharps ur mom fed boer voors and wyn when u were young. What would coureds do in EC

      Felix - 2011-05-17 10:50

      Blaq, I can't remember if I posted in response to this chop. If so it has been removed... I don't really understand what you are trying to say but I have already classed you with the likes of lekkastupid and nawe. You are a violent hate monger and you will probably die trying to break into a house somewhere so I guess trying to have a decent disscusion with you is a waste of time...

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-17 11:14

      Defending the allmighty DA right? How is ANC responsible for the protest? If there are protests in ANC run council who's trick it is?

      DeonL - 2011-05-17 12:07

      Land invasion is against the law, they should all be locked up. If you are tired of waiting for a free home, rather pay for it. Free homes for the poor will be not available for ever, even under the ANC. (Tokyo S)

      Mr B - 2011-07-03 15:22

      @ yellow1 Because they want everything for nothing and are too lazy to work for it. White people didnt even get houses for nothing in apaartheid days. I've got nothing against giving houses to people that are too old to work but I do not agree in giving it to people that want everything that their eyes see.

  • Creeky - 2011-05-17 05:17

    The "people" involved in the actual land grab, were PAID to do it! Why 3 days before the election is this suddenly taking place??? Does a HOPEFUL CANDIDAE by the name of Tony come into the frey? Won't put it past them (ANC)!!!!!!

      Creeky - 2011-05-17 05:18

      CandidaTe... too

      CR - 2011-05-23 16:00

      This is reality we talking about not some soapy, these people really want houses, it has nothing to do with politics. None of them voted so how did it benefit ANC? They were coloured too BTW.

  • Weezychest - 2011-05-17 06:47

    I say screw them, I cant afford a house and have too rent and they get given a house and shitters etc. Give give give, the countrys motto.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-17 07:30

    The ANC will use whatever tactics that they can come up with of to cling onto power. Like Mugabe and his cronies, they too are despicable monsters who should have no place in a truely democratic environment.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-17 07:35

    LAW & ORDER, thats what I'm talking about....NO Banana Republic !!! Nothing for nothing...

  • Anita - 2011-05-17 07:35

    got to love how people comfortably sitting at home/work, using their computers sit and judge people who have possibly been waiting for housing for years. i lived in cpt for some years and the problem is that the DA was always so quick to remove people from their informal settlements without providing alternative places to live. and lets not the hangberg incident. @Creeky to say that someone as honorable as tony ehrenreich would be involved in a stupid ploy is to undermine his integrity and intellegence. don't make stupid assumptions like that. frankly, the da has run the western cape badly for a long time. example: they only installed traffic lights in the township near george last year, but on top of that to do this they replaced the robots in the richer suburbs and sent the hand me downs to the townships. i see this as showing how the da has always and will always give preference to their richer constituents. take a drive from camps bay to langa and spot the differenc!

      fotre - 2011-05-17 08:01

      Have a banana Anita - DA only came into power in Cape Town in 2006 - your anc morons were in power here for much longer, don't play the blame game, at least the DA can prove where their money is being spent, not like your anc - all they can prove is non delivery.

      1-white-o - 2011-05-17 08:17

      Nice to hear from a true ANC supporter. What about the rest of the country housing problem? Also the fault of the DA?

      apie - 2011-05-17 09:03

      Anita, you are delusional. There will always be rich and poor. The low skilled people are the poor because they get paid for what they can deliver. Understand now?

      SeMaarNet - 2011-05-17 09:20

      Don't speak your mind 'cause it might be the last non-sensible thing you do

      Sniper69 - 2011-05-17 09:28 obviously haven't taken a drive INTO Langa recently. Please do so before you make stupid comments....Go see how many are actually South Africans. I don't know about you but I like to see traffic lights being replaced if I actually paid for it in taxes. If you don't pay taxes, you are bottom of the list in getting your damn traffic light - that is a well run provincial Gov protocol.

      Felix - 2011-05-17 09:56

      It's called tax and it is meant to better the lives of the people who pay it, if you want handouts they have charity for that... I hope you donate everything you have to KFC

      nic - 2011-05-17 10:03

      Anita sorry you may have the odd decent point but you completely messed it up with some of your analogies....if you want to compare Camps Bay to Langa, you can compare Sandton (or even Soweto) to Alex or many others. Everywhere there is huge differences in SA or the richest countries in the world. How about opening your little eyes and travel somewhere so you learn about society because clearly you are will make an outstanding ANC supporter!! BTW dont be bitter because you dont live in Cape Town anymore and also because you didnt fit in here....go back to ur rubbish run ANC dorpie in Gauteng and celebrate all the working robots...because thats one province the robots were not working in at most intersections whether Sandton or Hillbrow or Alex!!

      Ricksi - 2011-05-17 11:34

      why put new traffic lights in the township. they will last for 3 days and will be damaged and not functioning

      DeonL - 2011-05-17 12:14

      If you want a home quickly, pay for it yourself. If you give too much for free for the poor they will stay poor, rather give then incentives / discounts to own theire own homes by paying for it.

      Mr B - 2011-07-03 15:28

      Sure anita,How come you staying in such a lovely place and these people are not. Did the DA give you your house? You really seem such a nice caring person, so tell me how many homeless people have you taken in seeing that you have so much to say. You should lead by example or is it too easy to hide behind your computer and critisize the DA while you sit in your lovely home?

      Jacqui - 2011-11-02 11:14

      Anita, Camps Bay and Langa?. That difference have beeen there for fifty years. The DA to blame for that as well?.

  • MALIKA ANTHONY - 2011-05-17 08:07

    i was there and i totaally disagree with this article.all reporters are reporting in the favour of the SAPS and Law Enforcment. what about the females that got shot?

      nic - 2011-05-17 09:51

      If females throw stones then they will also be part of the crowd so any1 who gets shot cant complain irrespective of sex or stop whinning!!

      Felix - 2011-05-17 09:57

      We weren't, please explain?

      DeonL - 2011-05-17 12:18

      They were braking a law and should be arrested or at least charged. Confronting or disobeying the police is not a clever move.

      Mr B - 2011-07-03 15:30

      They should have been looking for other means to make money instead of giving the SAPS a reason for shooting them.

  • apie - 2011-05-17 09:00

    This smells of anc intimidation. The rules are simple: if you want something pay for it or accept living in a free shack. No rocket science.

  • Blood_Doll - 2011-05-17 09:06

    As a resident of Mitchell's Plain I see this for what it is - a blatant ploy by the ANC to stoke the fires of dissent. Three days before the election? Come on; this is way more than just coincidence. As for the police I have but one recommendation: use live ammo.

      PSquare - 2011-05-17 10:17

      I very much doubt that you are from Mitchell's Plain. How else would you advocate the slaughtering of your own people?

      Blood_Doll - 2011-05-17 10:38

      Trust me, I am. And I would definitely not consider them "my" people. Because we might share the same pigment does not mean I have any connection with them whatsoever. I pay my way, do not expect anything for free and do not go off on violent tangents when I do not get my way. And I wouldn't regard it as slaughtering either. If you want to participate in violent actions you should expect similar repercussions.

      PSquare - 2011-05-17 11:21

      I guess then you have not problem with brother leader Gadhaffi's butchering of the protesting masses in Libia. As long as you can pay your own way, to hell with anyone else. Great humanitarian attitude you got going there.

      PSquare - 2011-05-17 11:28

      Oh I forgot in our very own backyard a certain Mr Tatane from Fickburg was at the wrong end of the police brutality. All he ever wanted was water delivered by his municipality but he ended up dead for protesting

      Blood_Doll - 2011-05-17 12:56

      I have absolutely nothing to do with Gadhaffi and neither has these protests. I also have no problem with protests as long as they are held in a civilised manner. It's a fundamental human right to voice your opinions; it's not to cause anarchy. Tatane was a tragedy but also has no relevance to these "protests". I suggest you stick to relevant rebuttals. And yes, if I can pay my way so can others. If they don't then to hell with them. I never claimed to be a humanitarian; I'll leave that to the politicians garnering votes. If you're so concerned about these...protesters then you give them land.

      Mr B - 2011-07-03 15:49

      @ Helen. Fellow country men? I choose my fellow man. He does not get the right to be called fellow man just because he stays in the same country. I agree more must be done for them, but to just give is not the answer. There are numerous homes that have been built, given away, and then sold or rented out. The answer lies in stopping this deep rooted corruption within the government and to start using this money to help train these people for different skills and business aspects. Once they are trained, they should be used to work back that money invested in them by helping their communities for a certain period. They can still be paid while helping their communities during this period. Once they have completed this period they should be free to use the skills given to them for earning a income. Give a man a fish he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat much longer. This will help in creating more job opportunities too.Im talking about helping people too plan communities, build houses, create businesses, law enforcement and security, clinics, sports and sports areas, parks, farming,creating septic tanks in remote areas. There are so much opportunities out their. The biggest problem is that we need a government that can lead without over filling their pockets from the state coffers.

  • King - 2011-05-17 09:36

    I saw this in the news yesterday. Those people looked genuinely poor and fed up with not having homes. It was actually quite disheartening.

      nic - 2011-05-17 09:55

      Ummmm sure man ur right, but seriously if so much time is wasted removing illegals, it minimizes time that can be spent proactively in building and giving new homes to those that deserve it...and seriously its a good chance that its an ANC driven initiative so dont feel to sorry for them because it may very well all be a farce!

      Felix - 2011-05-17 09:59

      They shouldn't have left their homes in EC to get to the WC heaven on their anc bus...

      DeonL - 2011-05-17 12:20

      Maybe they should try to get work and pay for theire own homes. Free housing can't go on forever.

      King - 2011-05-17 13:43

      @Felix. I don't think they were from the EC. Every single one of them was coloured and spoke with a Flats accent.

      Helen - 2011-05-17 13:48

      Maybe, maybe, maybe.... Dont you have any compassion for your fellow countryman???

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 09:42

    Cape Town is popular! Just shows who is doing the best job! Everybody wants to come to the Western Province! Viva DA Viva Jille.

      PSquare - 2011-05-17 10:18

      Actually the most populous province is Gauteng and it is ironically the smallest and the richest. Learn your geography, please.

      Andy49 - 2011-05-17 11:50

      @PSquare Remove your AintSee tinted glasses & read the comment properly. Nothing about being The most populated "Cape Town is popular!"

  • analyst - 2011-05-17 09:55

    I have seen a one hour long footage of said incident which started on Saturday morning.Mondays Die Burger has a more correct version of the details.About 5000 Mitchells Plein residents gathered to a peaceful demonstration onto the area where housing should be given to those who have been on the waiting list for up to thirty years.But with today's politics they will not be getting their houses, a new waiting list was created in 2007 and the old list 'lost'. Not one stone was thrown until teargas,water bombs and rubber bullets were admisnistered by the Police in full protection clothing. On Monday the military moved in shooting live ammunition.

  • Sooth Slayer - 2011-05-17 12:12

    When Mugabe removed shacks and illegally built dwellings and slums in Zimbabwe it was called Human Rights abuses. Let hear what the DA and the rest of South Africa will call this!

  • Helen - 2011-05-17 13:45

    I read these posts and most of the time it saddens me that we as fellow countrymen just cannot get it right to live in peace and harmony with respect for each other. Yes I know this is never going to change due to thousands of reasons, however it makes me sad. I drive home at night and see people walking along the highway, miles from anywhere and I think to myself, there but for the grace of God go I. Shame man it really breaks my heart. I try my utmost to help people in need and I do wherever possible. Every night I pray that the homeless, people going through the trauma of rape, murder, beatings etc. are given some comfort by GOD. I know a lot of people bring things upon themselves but there are also hundreds of thousands who didnt. I wish we could have a government that ran this country the way it should be run and that those really really poor people got some relief. And please spare me the comments of "if they want better let them work for it" We all know that is not possible given the circumstances. Anyway they point I am trying to make is this : If we all took it upon ourselves to be better people and to help someone we see who is suffering (even if its a t-shirt) then this country would be a better place. PAYING IT FORWARD could work wonders. Alas I just dont think in my lifetime I will have the priveledge of seeing mankind living together in harmony. If only I had a magic wand ......

  • Peter - 2011-07-04 08:46

    Any Land invasion that leads to violence should result in Malema being charged by the Government for inciting a croud to violence. The last I checked this was still a crime in South Africa

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