Public warned of buying municipal land from illegal committees

2015-12-08 09:40
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The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Msunduzi Municipality has sent a stern warning to people buying and living on municipal land illegally.

The municipality has been experiencing high levels of land invasion and recently said they have become aware that there are organised committees for these illegal land sales and that legal action will be taken against anyone involved in this.

“Some of these areas have been identified for housing developments that the council has proposed with the Department of Human Settlements and other land parcels are reserved for various council uses,” said acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda.

The areas the municipality has identified as hot-spots for land invasion are: Ambleton 3; the farm Shenstone/Ambleton; Marikana; Ashdown/Harewood; Azalea Cemetery; Unit H WaterWorks; Shortts Retreat; Glenwood/Bishopstowe; Site Eleven/Otto’s Bluff; Peace Valley 3/Signal Hill; Yellowwood Place; Nhlalakahle; Beacon Hill Farm; Ezinketheni.

Madonda said the land invasion is taking place in a “systematic, pre-planned operation” for a variety of reasons such as urbanisation, lack of formal housing opportunities, residing closer to job opportunities, poverty and shack farming.

“These organised committees include chiefs and it must be noted that chiefs do not hold the authority to dispose municipal-owned land. The public is warned that buying land from these committees does not provide proof of ownership and may result in legal action being taken against anyone, which will result in financial implications.”

Madonda said the municipality has since made an application to the high court to evict people, demolish any structures built on the land without prior approval and prevent future illegal occupation.

“Land invasion undermines proper planning processes, prejudices rightful beneficiaries of housing opportunities, impacts negatively on housing delivery processes and sometimes interrupts service delivery indefinitely.”

Anyone requiring further information must contact Mthobisi Khumalo at 033 392 2662 or e-mail mthobisi.khumalo@msunduzi.gov.za

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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