When land grabbers attempted to occupy an empty piece of land in Lenasia South, residents heeded the call to bring a stop to the illegal takeover.
According to residents, the land grabbers arrived at the site at around 7 am on Tuesday, September 4.
“When we spotted them we formed a group of about five people so we could discuss what they were doing,” said resident, Bheki Ntuli.
Ntuli said while they were talking to the men and women, a fight broke out and they started to beat up a 23-year-old resident, Sibusiso Maduna.
A group of young women who were nearby had to intervene and stop the men from beating up Ms Maduna.
Ntuli says he does not have a problem with people occupying vacant land, but he has a problem, when they did it in areas such as Lenasia South.
“Most of us living here are still paying off our bonds. If shacks were to be erected here our houses’ values will decrease, and we will have water and electricity problems,” he said.
The contentious land is just outside an Eskom substation and has electricity pylons on it.
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“How will they build under these pylons, which will be posing a danger to their children as well,” Ntuli said.
Ward 122 councillor, Vinay Choonie pleaded with residents to be peaceful if they were to take to the streets.
“This land belongs to the provincial government and is earmarked for agriculture. I have been putting pressure on them to give it to Lenasia South so agricultural work could commence. I’m still awaiting confirmation. We have had a land invasion problem in our ward for a while and are trying to address it to the best of our abilities,” Choonie said.
Residents later took to the streets in a peaceful protest.