Stephen Selaluke
2 minute read
25 Nov 2016
9:11 am

EFF tells land grabbers to press on

Stephen Selaluke

'If you are evicted, we will provide a lawyer to fight your case.'

EFF Gauteng Leader Mandisa Mashego talks to residents of Mavuso Valley informal settlement near Nellmapius. Picture: Supplied.

The EFF has encouraged residents of Mavuso Valley informal settlement near Nellmapius to continue the land grabs that started five months ago, reports the Pretoria East Rekord.

Party provincial leader Mandisa Mashego said this during a visit to the settlement last Saturday and even pledged legal support to the grabbers if they were prosecuted.

“After being on the land for 48 hours, one cannot be removed,” said Mashego.

“Should there be a court case, we will provide a lawyer for you and, in addition, a human right lawyer.”

She encouraged the grabbers to demand municipal services such as proper housing, water and sanitation instead.

Community leader, Vusi Msiza said residents decided to occupy the land in July because the government was failing them.

“All we want is water and sanitation, and we will build our own houses and start a new life here,” said Msiza.

“I am confident that now that we have a lawyer, we can stay here without any fear [of eviction].”

Resident, Thabiso Kodisang said the EFF had really surprised her because she never thought it would support the residents.

“I wish it will support other squatter camps too,” said Kodisang.

“We are going to sleep peacefully without worrying about [eviction company] Red Ants coming to demolish our shacks.”

Msiza said they had invited Mashego to address and advise the residents because they wanted the settlement to be prioritised for development during the next financial year.

The residents said they were tired of staying with parents, and some of them had waited for housing for almost 17 years without luck.

They said instead of getting houses, Tshwane metro officials had sold the RDP houses to their friends and family.

“Many of us have children, and we can’t stay in our parents homes or backyards forever. We also want our own space to raise our children,” said the residents, who are originally either from Mamelodi or Nellmapius.

Caxton News Service