Destroying shacks won't stop our land grabs - EFF

2015-04-13 18:57
(Louis Kotze, Ballito Hawks)

(Louis Kotze, Ballito Hawks)

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We have the right to occupy the unoccupied land - EFF

2015-04-13 12:58

About 100 people have gathered to lay claim to a plot of land in Durban. EFF’s Lindani Mthembu told News24 in Ballito, “We are not grabbing any land but we are occupying the unused land.” WATCH. WATCH

Durban - Irrespective of how many times their shacks are removed or destroyed, EFF members will keep on rebuilding them, a senior party leader said on Monday.

Jackie Shandu’s comments were made at a press conference in Durban following EFF members staking a claim earlier on Monday to a plot of unused farmland near the upmarket resort town of Ballito, north of Durban.

Shandu said: “How long are they going to destroy them? There is a bigger political issue of black people being denied their land.”

He said that every time the police destroyed a structure, the EFF would rebuild them at night or identify a nearby piece of land where they would build anew.

“The issue of land must be resolved."

He said that the ANC’s policies on the redistribution of land had failed.

"We are going to be a pain in the side of the regime and the local municipality,” he said.

EFF national organiser Tseko Mafanya said that unused land would be targeted, irrespective of whether the land was white owned or black owned.

“We took a decision that we are going to occupy unused land. It was not specifically decided that it was white land or black land. There is plenty of land that is not used,” he said.

Among the hundreds of people who descended on the land in Ballit, one was killed and two were injured when they were struck by a car as they ran across the N2.

EFF members were passing out membership forms which people filled in, and were then led to onto the land to secure a plot for themselves.

EFF leader Lindani Mthembu said that his members were reclaiming what was rightfully theirs.

“When [Jan] Van Riebeeck came here he took the land from the people and we are just taking it back. We are not hurting anyone and not stealing anything because this land is lying unused. So what we will do is take the land and build our shacks because the people can’t breathe where they are living now,” he said.

“So we will bring the people from Shaka’s Head and let them build here.”

When quizzed about the membership forms, Mthembu said: “The people have realised that the EFF is a party that will act for them. They have realised that we are doing this for the community because they were living like pigs.”

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