EFF re-commits to executing land grabs

The party is demanding title deeds for those who occupied unused houses in Soweto.

FILE: EFF leaders on the podium following their nominations into the party's top national leadership positions. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters in Johannesburg says they are now more committed than ever to implementing land grabs across the city.

Yesterday the party occupied land in Mzimhlophe, in Soweto, where vacant houses were inhabited by around 100 families.

The party says the houses were built by government nine years ago but officials failed to allocate them to community members.

The party's Arafat Tladi says they are now calling on the Johannesburg Housing Department to register the new occupants of the homes for title deeds.

"Because people have already occupied these houses, it is up to the housing department and the city council to register these people as the beneficiaries of these houses. There are no other beneficiaries than the homeless, and thes one from the 1996 and 1997 waiting list."