Don't blame others for land invasions - Makhura

2016-09-17 07:30
Gauteng premier David Makhura addresses the media on illegal land invasions and the mental patients who died. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Gauteng premier David Makhura addresses the media on illegal land invasions and the mental patients who died. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday cautioned Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba against blaming the African National Congress for land invasions.

“I really don't give a damn which party is involved. The issue is people are breaking the law. We shouldn't allow even politicking to allow the breakdown of the law,” he told reporters.

He was discussing what the Gauteng government was doing about land invasions.

He criticised Mashaba for saying the land invasions started because he had become mayor. Last week, Mashaba blamed the ANC for illegal land invasions, saying it was trying to destabilise coalition between the Democratic Alliance and opposition parties in Johannesburg.

“Whoever thinks that land invasion has started because they are mayors, I can only forgive them because they were not here before,” Makhura said.

“Having a press conference to blame another party will not help you. What will help you is to ensure you put measures in place to prevent land invasions.”

Police and the city have had their hands full fighting invasion attempts in areas including Tshepisong, Lenasia South, Orange Farm, and Marlboro. Clashes between law enforcement and residents turned violent in Orange Farm.

Makhura said fear of being removed as a mayor should not be allowed “to get into their heads”.

He praised Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga for asking him for help in dealing with land invasions. He said he sent his head of service delivery, Eric Xayiya, to advise him.

“Mayors need to know that this is what you do,” he said.

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