| ‘Your days are numbered’ – Faith Mazibuko tells ‘syndicates’ behind illegal occupation of land

11 | ‘Your days are numbered’ – Faith Mazibuko tells ‘syndicates’ behind illegal occupation of land

MECs Lebogang Maile; Tasneem Motara, Faith Mazibuko, are joined by Executive Mayor Geoff Makhubo.

MECs Lebogang Maile; Tasneem Motara, Faith Mazibuko, are joined by Executive Mayor Geoff Makhubo.

  • The Gauteng govt will deploy 1 500 neighborhood security patrollers to be its eyes and ears at hotspots where land is being illegally occupied.
  • The province says this would per chance furthermore work with non-public land house owners to shut unlawful occupations. 
  • Group Security MEC Faith Mazibuko says “syndicates” are occupying land, letting and selling it to of us. 

“We take hang of to ship a magnificent message to the total syndicates, your days are numbered. Everyone knows you by name now, so be cautious.”

This become the message from Gauteng Group Security MEC Faith Mazibuko on Monday because the province, at the side of the Metropolis of Johannesburg, launched an anti-land occupation programme in Lenasia.

Mazibuko become joined by Mayor Geoff Makhubo as effectively Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile and Infrastructure Trend MEC Tasneem Motara.

The plot will witness the provincial govt deploy 1 500 neighborhood security patrollers all the highest intention thru the province to shut and discourage the unlawful occupation of land in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. 

The patrollers would decide pleasure in a funds that had been role aside for security companies, Maile acknowledged. 

He added they were chosen from a provincial database of about 7 000 patrollers and would be accountable for being on the ground and being the eyes and ears of the govtto straight away sage the “syndicates”.  

Mazibuko inspired of us to follow processes when land and properties were allocated. 

She acknowledged the province become also participating with Prasa and Sanral to plot on board because one of the land become owned by them. 

Now stay wide awake for processes’

“If we integrate our law enforcement officers, at the side of neighborhood buildings, the top end result will likely be very appropriate. Now we have already got our neighborhood patrollers who, per areas, will likely be those that will be helping in figuring out and making obvious there would possibly be no such thing as a land invasion in those hotspot areas.

“The premier has acknowledged there will likely be rapid land start. Now stay wide awake for that job for us to start the land and be in a position to allocate to appropriate beneficiaries. So all those busy selling land, this would per chance flip out love those in Roslynn,” Mazibuko added.  

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Motara acknowledged the venture presented by the unlawful occupation of land become that it also took role on non-public land, adding the govtbecome willing to work with house owners to shut it. 

She added it become also main to demonstrate one of the land become uninhabitable, for instance in Mamelodi, where buildings were being constructed adjacent to water traces. 

Susceptible of us being preyed on

“We desire to build sure that electorate weren’t considering buying or occupying land that doesn’t belong to anyone who has a title deed.

“Unfortunately, I have confidence these syndicates are in truth preying on the vulnerability of of us. Of us are in truth attempting land and decent residing and now syndicates are preying into that, making them criminals within the technique,” Motara acknowledged. 

Maile acknowledged the provincial govt would now be coming near the courts for a “blanket interdict” which would be achieved as quickly as of us have interaction land.

He added evictions would most appealing occur post-lockdown.

Makhubo acknowledged in 2016, there had been about 160 informal settlements in Johannesburg and it become within the strategy of formalising others. 


He added this had grown to 214 informal settlements. 

“That has been as a outcomes of ineptitude by the metropolis govt, allowing a political birthday celebration to manipulate the sigh of the metropolis, allowing of us to build wherever they wish as a end result of searching to preserve in vitality. Now that behaviour and attitude is never any longer being prolonged now. 

“It’s factual been anarchy and it is the identical of us, I have confidence, because most of them are empty and predict tenants.”

Makhubo acknowledged the programme become all about combating the unlawful occupation of land and no longer evicting of us.    

Motara added where there had been unlawful occupations and where municipalities had made up our minds to formalise the areas, the province had transferred the land to the Metropolis. 

She acknowledged one other venture become that occupied land become already earmarked for varied companies, for instance, the building of a healthcare facility.