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City of CT concerned by spate of land grabs

The city’s anti-land invasion unit is on high alert after a number of attempted illegal occupations.

FILE: A resident of Parkwood in Cape Town rebuilds his demolished shack. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has raised concern around a spate of land grabs in several communities over the past few weeks.

The municipality's anti-land invasion unit has been placed on high alert after seeing a number of attempted illegal occupations, with the most recent one in Mfuleni.

The city earlier blamed political parties for stoking the invasions.

While authorities continue to keep a watchful eye over the Mfuleni community, Human Settlements Mayco member Benedicta van Minnen has reiterated that land grabs will not be tolerated.

"We really urge people not to be manipulated by purported leaders who are encouraging people to attempt to grab land."

In the latest incident earlier this week, protesters caused havoc in the area after a group of backyard dwellers were stopped from occupying a piece of vacant land.

The crowd destroyed their local ward councillor Themba Honono's house and car, damaged a community hall and at least three firefighting vehicles.

The Parkwood and Dunoon communities have seen similar violent protests in recent weeks also over land grabs.

WATCH: Parkwood evictions turn violent