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Mass land invasion underway in Khayelitsha

Dozens of plots have been demarcated on the privately owned property in Khayelitsha.

Hundreds of backyard dwellers invading privately owned land behind the Nolungile train station in Khayelitsha. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN -A mass land invasion was underway in Khayelitsha on Tuesday, as hundreds of defiant backyard dwellers flocked to an open piece of land behind the Nolungile train station, laying claim to privately owned property.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) earlier denied it was leading land invasions in the city but claimed communities were spearheading the occupations.

It was a race against time as hundreds of people carrying zinc sheets and other materials streamed onto a large piece of property behind the Nolungile railway station.

Dozens of plots were demarcated on the privately owned property in Khayelitsha.

Desperate residents were seen setting fire to bushes to create more space while those who secured plots had stated to build their shacks.

An attempt by a group of about 12 police and law enforcement officials to demolish illegal structures failed when they were outnumbered by the brazen squatters.

Eyewitness News was on the scene earlier on Tuesday:

#LandInvasion Hundreds illegally invade vacant, but privately owned, property in Khayelitsha. SS @4everSiya pic.twitter.com/weSj0rXPuL

People gather in groups near Nolungile Station, Khayelisha, discussing how they should continue building homes here. pic.twitter.com/ktoz0Xop3s

Members from the EFF address the gathered crowd, but people say this isnt the time for politics, and just want houses pic.twitter.com/PrMCjuf0Bs