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City of Joburg defends removal of illegal land grabbers in Univille

The City of Johannesburg says its operation in Univille, Lenasia south, is an enforcement of a court order to remove people who are illegally occupying the land.

FILE: Red Ants at work during an eviction. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says its operation in Univille, Lenasia south, is an enforcement of a court order to remove people who are illegally occupying the land.

A man was shot and killed on Friday morning during clashes between the Red Ants and residents.

The city says that a particular portion of land has been set aside for development and apart from the long-standing informal settlements in the surrounding areas, no new structures should be erected.

“The city has intentions to utilise that land for the purposes of housing for the long-standing community that was already present before the court application was filed.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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