Alleged land invaders in Elandsfontein have threatened to attack the law enforcement officers who raided their illegal structures.
On Thursday the Red Ants, Johannesburg Metro Police and members of the South African National Defence Force raided the area along the N1 freeway in the south of Johannesburg.
One person who didn’t want to be named said they paid R250 to buy the stands in the area.
“Already this place has passed the procedure, and we paid R250 so I don’t understand why they are removing us here. As a young person I feel I should fight them, they are people like us,” he said.
Another angry alleged invader who only identified herself as Julia said she recently lost her job due to the COVID-19 lockdown and cannot afford to pay rent anymore, so it’s better that she occupies the area and build herself a shack.
“We are no longer working. They (government) promised us R350 (Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress) and we are not getting it. Now we saw an empty place, they remove us. Why must we black people suffer while white people are living comfortably? This is our land. White people didn’t come with the land here,” she said.
She also said it was for the third time her shack was removed.
Midvaal Mayor, Bongani Baloyi, said the Elandsfontein area has been under threat from land invaders for some time now.
“The Elandsfontein area in Midvaal has been under threat from illegal land invaders and they have been targeting private and public property and threatening residents of Midvaal in their own property and taking their land forcefully ... Zimbabwe style,” he said.
He said the government is sending a strong message to the alleged syndicate that's selling pieces of land here
Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, said the land invaders lead to uncontrollable sporadic protests.
“One day they will wake up and close N1 demanding water and electricity. If there is no law and order we will end up being a banana republic,” Mazibuko said.