This week the EFF took responsibility for “land grabs” happening in the Gauteng province, mainly in Olievenhoutbosch.
The land in question is a vacant stretch of land along the R55. Occupants claim that they were occupying the land since they have been waiting “since 2013” for the Department of Human Settlements to build RDP houses, according to a report by IOL.
The area has been occupied before. In December last year, a group of people invaded the RDP houses in Olievenhoutbosch.
But the DA in the province has hit back, saying the ANC was allowed the EFF to get away with breaking the law and that the “land grabs” was mere posturing.
John Moodey‚ the DA leader in Gauteng‚ wasn’t stoked. He reckons it’s all just populist jibber jabber and that the government actually has no intention of allowing people of the country to own land.
“The EFF and ANC do not want South Africans to own land. They merely want our people to be tenants‚ renting land from the government‚” Moodley said in a statement.
“These land grabs are nothing short of political posturing of the worst kind and show the EFF’s blatant disregard for the rule of law and the Constitution. This all while Ramaphosa and the ANC sit idle.”
“The DA is opposed to illegal land occupation‚ in the same way that we oppose land expropriation without compensation. We are the only major party that wants South Africans to own the land they live on‚” Moodley said.
“The debate and actions around land reform need to be conducted in a constructive and responsible manner. The land reform debate must always be about empowering the people‚ especially the poor.”
These “land grabs” come in the wake of parliament voting to amend the country’s Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation, a topic that has gotten a few people pretty het up.
This, along with the scrounge of farm members has led to an Aussie MP calling for “special” visas for white South African farmers.