The former head of communications of the African National Congress (ANC) says the party does not tolerate any form of land grabs.
Reacting to the current land grabs in Olievenhoutbosch; Khoza says when people occupy land illegally they must be removed immediately because when there are delays it has financial implications.
If not evicted on time, you then need a court order to do so which comes in quite costly. And you forcefully have to remove these people under the supervision of the sheriff of the court.— Keith Khoza, Former Head of Communications of the African National Congress
Khoza says the ANC deployed a team to go and investigate the matter, with regards to ownership of the land and how many people have moved in. He says the City of Tshwane says the land is privately owned and as a province, it does not encourage such behavior.
People have to step in because if anybody is selling that land illegally; firstly we have to evict people who are occupying that land. Actually the land owner has to secure the court order to evict people off that land working with the metro police of Tshwane and other law enforcement agencies.— Keith Khoza, Former Head of Communications of the African National Congress
The person who is selling the land is engaging in an illegal activity and that's a criminal offence.— Keith Khoza, Former Head of Communications of the African National Congress
Meanwhile, EWN reporter Pelane Pakgadi says they understand that someone has made himself an administrator of the land and is giving out stands to people for a fee.
At this point, we do not know who this administrator is and we've been told he's been soliciting around R150 per stand per person. We don't really know where the money is going and we also don't know whether the money will be used for any other things at that particular land.— Pelane Pakgadi, EWN reporter
Listen to how the ANC will be engaging with the people who have settles at the private owned land: