South Africa 19.1.2018 04:25 pm

Land invasion hits Buffalo City Municipality, EC

Residents of BCM participate in mass land grabs. Photo: Dispatch Live

Residents of BCM participate in mass land grabs. Photo: Dispatch Live

The Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape has been battling illegal land grabs this week.

Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) in the Eastern Cape is currently experiencing what could be one of its biggest land invasions yet, Dispatch Live reports.

Residents in the area have allegedly marked both private and government plots along the Buffalo Pass route and the R72, outside Cove Rock. They are reportedly using tree stumps and red tape to mark their desired plots.

The land grabbing started on Monday, 15 January. It began with a few local residents, but has escalated to include residents from nearby communities.

BCM Mayor Xola Pakati has spoken out against the land grabs, explaining he has been briefed about the situation, and that the directorate for planning has been to the location to assess the situation.

The Citizen was also informed of the incident by a reader, who was alerted of the incident by the Facebook group Crime Spotter Buffalo City.

Residents earmark their preferred plots. Photo: Facebook

Residents earmark their preferred plots. Photo: Supplied (Facebook)

SAPS on the scene of the land grabs at BCM. Photo: Facebook

SAPS on the scene of the land grabs at BCM. Photo: Supplied (Facebook)

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.

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