Tshwane Metro Police issued out a statement about a co-joint operation with the South Africa Police Service that took place on Wednesday 29 September, the operation was aimed to remove illegal land invaders at Fort West area in Pretoria West.
“The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Land Invasion Unit conducted a joint operation with the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Wednesday 29 September 2021, and a service provider in the Fort West area, Pretoria West. The operation conducted was to remove illegal land invaders,” the statement read.
It is said that the illegal land occupants were previously given a notice to demolish their illegal structures and evacuate the place but clearly, they never took the notice into consideration. “They failed to comply with the notice, which resulted in a court order being issued to demolish the structures” Tshwane Metro Police said on the statement.
About 100 illegal structures were said to be demolished during the operation on Wednesday morning and TMPD said that these operations are still going to continue all around Tshwane municipality to address the issue of illegal land occupation.
TMPD gives a warning to citizens not to occupy land illegally as this might result in some penalties or being evacuated forcefully. “Residents are encouraged to avoid occupying land illegally and to report those who do so,” TMPD said.
The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has instructed the state attorney to obtain eviction orders to remove people who have invaded unoccupied land, the instruction was issued last year around September. Human settlement MEC, Lebogang Maile said on the statement, they have eviction orders against the unlawful occupier of empty stands and the state attorney has been instructed to proceed with identified high-risk areas, as per intelligence report.
By: MPHO KHENA