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'The EFF has occupied land in Soweto'

Around 100 families are reportedly moving into unutilised homes in the township.

FILE: The party says it is enforcing a resolution taken at its elective conference in Mangaung to make land occupation a top priority. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it has occupied land in Mzimhlophe, Soweto where previously vacant houses are being inhabited this afternoon.

Around 100 families are reportedly moving into unutilised homes in the township.

The party says the houses were built by government nine years ago with a failure by officials to allocate them to community members.

The party says it is enforcing a resolution taken at its elective conference in Mangaung to make land occupation a top priority.

EFF leaders say it is unacceptable that houses and areas of land remain unused, while many struggle to find decent accommodation.

Regional spokesperson Arafat Tladi says, "We resolved that we will occupy land and houses including the mines that will never have vacant land and houses while our people are still homeless. So we have taken the initiative as the EFF to occupy those houses in the best interest of our people."