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EFF ‘galvanising’ communities to take part in land grabs

Despite warning from the Gauteng government, the EFF says it’s identified strategic areas for land occupation.

FILE. Despite warning from the Gauteng government, the EFF says it’s identified strategic areas for land occupation. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While the Gauteng government has warned that it will not tolerate anarchy, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they've identified strategic areas for land occupation in the City of Tshwane this week.

The EFF held a community meeting in Olievenhoutbosch over the weekend and says it's galvanising communities to take part in land grabs.

But Gauteng's Housing MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has warned that the EFF's actions will be met with proportional force and says setting up wooden structures with plastic roofs does not equate to reclaiming the land.

Mamabolo's warning to the EFF is clear.

"We will try to warn any fanatics of chaos, of anarchy, of lawlessness to refrain from creating an impression that you can just put plastics on top of some wood structures and think that you have reclaimed land."

But the EFF's Gauteng spokesman Ntobeng Ntobeng says everything is in place, including the building materials.

"We have identified specific areas in Tshwane but I am not going to divulge those now because a private army will decide to go and harass our people and communities are ready to put their structures in place."

Mamabolo says the state will not tolerate anarchy in Gauteng and has made it clear they will not allow the land grabs to go ahead.