of shacks in Zandspruit’s Phakamani area has caused great anxiety in the community
as residents continue fighting to remain on the land they have occupied.
attempted land invasion on the Phakamani area took place during the lockdown, when
hundreds of people reportedly marched onto the land to claim it as their own.
One of the
reasons why people invaded the land, according to the informal dwellers, was
that they lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and could no longer afford to pay
“What we do
not understand now is why they want us removed from the land,” said Nobukhosi
Tlali. “There are many areas that are illegally occupied in Zandspruit, but why
do they only want to remove people in Phakamani area?”
attempts to remove people must have a valid court eviction order, said
community activist Gift Mkasi.
enforcers are removing us from our homes without any valid reasons,” he said.
“I think the police officers are influenced by an individual who claims that he
is the owner of that piece of land. We are standing against the illegal evictions.”
officers destroy their ‘homes,’it usually triggers violent demonstrations.
Yandisa Phungu and Mkasi, who is also the
local EFF’s development leader, recently visited Honeydew Police Station to
warn the police to stop interfering in land issues in Zandspruit.
continuing to occupy unused land and aren’t turning back,” Mkasi said. “Police
cannot just wake up one morning and decide to remove people from the land
without taking proper court procedures.”
contacted for a comment, Honeydew Police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan said
“The police do not have the mandate to remove structures.