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'Political parties, NGOs behind widespread land grabs'

Ekurhuleni warned its residents against the land grabs taking place in Tembisa and Tsakane.

Eldorado Park resident Dawid Stevenson clears a vacant plot of land where he plans to build his home. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni said four areas on the East Rand have been illegally occupied and the people behind the land grabs are from different political parties' NGOs and community groups.

The city on Tuesday warned its residents that the land grabs taking place in Tembisa and Tsakane are life threatening as the land is either dolomitic above old mines or located along flood lines.

The Ekurhuleni housing representative Aubrey Nxumalo said a joint task team has been set up to prevent land grabs.

"We've a 24-hour task team that is operating to prevent this illegal occupation of land and completed RDP houses across the city. In some instances, you find NGOs, you find CPOs and you find various political organisations. You find the EFF."

Land grabs have also been happening in Eldorado Park in southern Johannesburg this week.

The Eldorado Park Civic Association says about 4,000 people have already expressed their interest in claiming a piece of land which is on a field suspected of being used for crime.

On Friday, residents started clearing parts of the land and held another meeting about how to proceed.

Eldorado Park residents even called on the new Miss South Africa for help.