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Makhura expresses concern over increases in land grabs

David Makhura says in 2015 there were 45 cases of land grabs but this year the number increased to 79.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says incidents of land invasion have drastically increased after this year's local government elections.

Makhura says there have been 16 land invasion incidents since the polls.

He says while the uptick could well be the result of politicking there is a need to provide more access to land.

The premier has warned that land redistribution will not happen overnight.

Makhura says when he took office as premier in 2014, there were a total of 23 incidents of land invasion reported that year.

In 2015, there were 45, but this year the number has already shot up to 79.

"The incidents increased in the run up to the local government elections."

Makhura says law enforcement officials act swiftly where there are incidents of land invasion.

He also says the issue can distract government from its housing plans and increase the number of informal settlements where the state will then be expected to provide services on land that may not be suitable for living.