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Drakenstein Municipality halts attempted land invasion

Police were called to the scene after land invaders started to mark out plots on a piece of land in Mbekweni.

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CAPE TOWN - The Drakenstein Municipality says there's been an attempted land invasion in the Paarl area.

Police were called to the scene after land invaders started to mark out plots on a piece of land in Mbekweni over the weekend.

When police and municipal officials moved in to try and prevent the land invasion last Friday, the situation became tense.

The Drakenstein Municipality says some informal settlers threatened officials forcing them to withdraw.

The municipality obtained a court interdict after a group of squatters again tried to invade the land on Saturday.

A firefighter was injured and municipal property was vandalised during the attempted land grab.

The municipality says the piece of land has been earmarked for a possible mixed housing development.