Dunoon residents not informed about land issues - councillor

2016-03-20 22:57
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Cape Town - Those who have been attempting to invade land in areas in and around Dunoon do not know the facts around land ownership in the area, an ANC councillor has told News24.

Lubabalo Makaleni says the group of Dunoon residents, who had attempted to invade pockets of land in and around Dunoon since Friday, were residents who have not taken the time to attend any public meetings that could have helped inform them that the land they wanted to occupy was already privately owned by other parties.

Dunoon residents attempted to set up structures on private property belonging to Greenacres farm owners, the mayoral committee member for the Safety and Security Directorate, JP Smith, said.

After members of the SAPS and the City's Law Enforcement officials arrived and removed structures off the land, a number of disgruntled residents allegedly took to the N7 and attacked the Dunoon MyCity bus station and throwing stones at motor vehicles.

Four people were arrested on Saturday for public violence. They were expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.

Makaleni has told News24 that residents had asked him for permission to invade the land and when he did not give them what they wanted, the residents took matters into their own hands.

"They came to my house to toyi-toyi yesterday [Saturday], they wanted to know if I can give them permission to occupy the pieces of land identified.

"Part of the pieces of land is privately owned, the other one is Eskom's and the other piece belongs to the city of Cape Town," Makaleni said.

He said he then asked the crowd to move away from his home and towards the community hall where he could respond to their questions.

"They refused to come into the community hall... they were in the yard of the community hall but they refused to come into the building saying that I'm going to calm them down if they come inside."

Addressing the crowd

Makaleni said after about two hours, he attempted to address the crowd but that he had difficulty addressing the large crowd without a loud speaker, which made many who were at the community hall disgruntled as they could not hear him.

He said he told those who could hear him, that those who chose to invade those pockets of land were doing it at their own risk.

"So they should not come to me as if I did not inform them about the dangers and the ownership of the pockets of land.

"They are not allowed to do that because there are processes that we are following with regards to the informal settlements, backyarders, and the development of the whole of Dunoon," Makaleni said.

He said the main problem was that the residents did not attend public meetings in the area.

"They do not attend public meetings when they are called, I have asked them about a couple of meetings including the presentations done by the city of Cape Town about the IDP [Integrated Development Plan] and the 2016/2017 budget.

"There were only about 100 people who attended and the rest of Dunoon stayed in their houses. That's what I was explaining to them, that those meetings are so important because you have influence and you get to ask questions."

By Sunday night, Smith told News24 that the situation in Dunoon was quiet and no further protests had taken place.

Law enforcement would, however, continue to monitor the situation on Monday, he said. 

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