Land owners urged to be vigilant amid EFF land grab threats

The City of Cape Town claimed Ses’khona and the EFF publicly threatened to illegally occupy land on Monday.

FILE: Private land owners in Cape Town have been asked to keep an eye on their property amid fears of illegal land grabs. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Private land owners in Cape Town have been asked to keep an eye on their properties amid fears of illegal land grabs.

The City of Cape Town on Monday claimed the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) publicly threatened to illegally occupy state and privately-owned land.

Ses'khona has since distanced itself from the threat but the EFF said land grabs was part of the party's mandate.

Rondebosch Common and other city-owned land have been mentioned as targets of these alleged planned land grabs.

The city's Benedicta Van Minnen said, "The city would like to urge private land owners to be vigilant, to contact the city for advice and to know the law. If land owners or residents are aware of any other illegal activity, such as political instigation or criminality then they need to approach the South African Police Service (Saps) to conduct an investigation and for assistance."

The EFF's Nazier Paulsen said land expropriation was what the party's voters wanted.

"There have been ample opportunities in time to take care of the people by the city and to provide them with proper homes and we can no longer wait for that to be a reality so this has to happen."

Police and anti-land invasion units have been placed on high alert.