Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo delivered his state of the city address on Tuesday morning.
“The illegal occupation of land is largely caused by ‘skipping the queue’ of housing allocation, the criminal act of illegally selling land and encouraging illegal occupation of land to individuals. political and financial purposes, ”he said.
“We must therefore urgently tackle the scourge of land invasions, including the phenomenon of building hijackings within the framework of our legal and political framework.
“Our approach is to prevent, contain and reverse the illegal occupation of land. This will include a broader and proactive holistic approach to the illegal occupation of land and buildings. We will also work with the national government to strengthen our efforts in this regard. ”
He told the council that the city’s illegal anti-occupation land unit would be strategically placed to take action against those who break the law.
“This will include confronting the invaders to cease and leave the land; demolition and dismantling of incomplete and uninhabited structures, and obtaining necessary judicial bans and eviction orders.
“We aim to work with all stakeholders, including national and provincial governments, justice, private land owners, communities affected by illegal occupations and civil society, to end the scourge of land invasions” , said the mayor.