The City of Tshwane has established an interdepartmental Anti-Land invasion Task team to tackle illegal land invasions in the City.
Tshwane Executive mayor, Randall Williams says the team will coordinate different city departments together with external stakeholders to form aa fully capacitated structure that will prevent land invasions.
“Currently as part of our response to illegal land invasions, the City appointed eight service providers back in 2018 to conduct patrols, monitor and prevent land and building invasions across all seven regions in the metro,” saysWilliams.
“Out of these, one service provider has been allocated the task of demolishing illegal structures across the City,”
Williams says Tshwane Metro Police Department(TMPD) has a dedicated 35-member team that is trained in crowd management, and it is on call to assist as back up during evictions of illegal structures.
“Over a thousand incidents of land invasions were reported from January 2021 up to date. During the same period, our teams conducted 8011 patrols and demolished 1033 illegal structures,” says Williams.
Williams also raised concerns about invasions of privately owned land and the City. “We would like to encourage private landowners to take preventative steps to protect their properties. These steps include fencing and putting up no-trespassing signs,” he added.
Williams says they are committed to delivering dignified low-cost government housing to qualifying residents.