EFF encourages Capetonians to illegally occupy land

This comes as police and anti-land invasion units have been placed on high alert.

Fears grow that land grabs may take place in the city tomorrow. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Western Cape has encouraged Capetonians who don't have land to illegally occupy any plots available to build homes.

This comes as police and anti-land invasion units have been placed on high alert amid fears land grabs may take place in the city tomorrow.

The EFF and Ses'khona People's Rights Movement have been blamed for inciting invasions online and during public meetings.

Ses'khona has denied making the call saying land invasions are illegal.

The EFF's Nazier Paulsen says the city has failed to provide people with decent homes.

"This is a call made to all homeless people in this country, everyone has the right to a dignified life whether they are EFF members or not, so it is not just for EFF members. It's for everyone who feels they deserve a dignified life and a place to stay."

The city's Benedicta van Minnen says this will have dire consequences.

"We condemn land invasions and the incitement to invade state or privately owned land in the strongest possible terms. Land invasions result in poor access to city services, constant flooding, high crime rates and poor connections with economic opportunities."