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'Philippi land invasion was coordinated'

The City of Cape Town says land invasion in Philippi is part of a well-coordinated effort.

Police fire rubber bullets at residents of an informal settlement in Philippi. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says land invasions in Philippi are part of a well-coordinated campaign to snatch vacant land in the Metropole.

Residents recently began building their shacks on an unused plot next to an informal settlement in the area despite a court interdict preventing them from living there.

Yesterday, police and the City's land invasion unit moved to evict them sparking clashes with locals.

A resident slammed authorities.

"They supposed to give residents notice for whatever they do. But they treat darkies like dogs and we are tired of that. So we will take action, even if we don't sleep."

The City's JP Smith says this was no spontaneous land invasion.

He believes it is part of a campaign driven by individuals linked to the controversial Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement.

"The coordination of the event worked in sync with large offloading building material which shows that it's not the spontaneous action of individuals. It's a well-coordinated and well concerted effort to ensure that the land is occupied."

But the group says it only became involved after the evictions.

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