National 10.8.2016 11:55 am

EMPD stops 2 000 from ‘grabbing’ land

People who arrived on the piece of land to claim their portion. Photograph: EMPD

People who arrived on the piece of land to claim their portion. Photograph: EMPD

The people claimed they had in the past week forked out R200 each, which they were made to believe was towards a water tank (R100) and land (R50).

Law enforcers moved swiftly on Saturday after receiving information that a horde of people were – apparently led to believe the land was open for legal occupation – in the process of occupying a farm off Pretoria Road in Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, Kempton Express reported.

The majority of those interviewed claimed they hailed from Witbank, Tembisa, Soweto and Delmas.

The EMPD public order policing and first responder units, as well as members of the police, ensured that the hopeful settlers did not go through with the occupation.

Metro police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Wilfred Kgasago said the people claimed they had in the past week forked out R200 each, which they were made to believe was towards a water tank (R100) and land (R50).

“Furthermore, the crowd stated that a person who claimed to be from a certain political party had assured them that the land had been legally purchased. Apparently, the people converged on Saturday morning because of promises of sites to be cut for them,” Kgasago said.

After law enforcers had convinced the crowd that its action was illegal, the crowd dispersed peacefully.

Investigations are under way and an effort is being made to find out who the legitimate owner of this piece of land is.

Caxton News Service

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