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Human Settlements MEC believes Hammanskraal residents were in the dark

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile is of the impression that Hammanskraal residents were unaware that they had been occupying land illegally.

He believes that residents thought they had moved onto the Kekana royal family's land legally.

Mashatile met with aggrieved residents, City of Tshwane officials, Kekana family members and other community leaders to halt the forced removals.

MEC spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri says the department has suspended the evictions and demolishing of informal settlements erected in the area, and allowed for those who were already displaced to come back.

We said that we can't be punitive when people genuinely thought they're supposed to be occupying that land.

Mogomotsi Mogodiri, MEC Paul Mashatile's spokesperson

He says Mashatile will meet with the Kekana royal family to discuss a way forward and investigate, after claims that residents were given permission to occupy the land.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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