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Land grabs: 'Police on high alert to make arrests'

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says his government will not tolerate criminality that has the potential to destabilise the province.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says police have been placed on high alert to arrest anyone found guilty of occupying land illegally.

Makhura announced earlier on Tuesday that he’s appointed Uhuru Moiloa as Human Settlements MEC, replacing Paul Mashatile.

Mashatile will take his position as African National Congress Treasurer-General on a full-time basis after being voted into the position at the party's elective conference in December.

Makhura says his government will not tolerate criminality that has the potential to destabilise the province.

Makhura says this is a clear sign of disorder and a violation of the law.

“And we have placed the police across the province on full alert. I would like to say that from the onset the land invasions that are taking place are a breach of the law.”

Over the weekend, there were land grabs across parts of Gauteng, with officials confirming illegal land occupation at Blue Hills in Midrand and Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion.

A motion for land expropriation without compensation was passed in Parliament last month by a majority vote.

The matter has been referred to the constitutional review committee‚ which must report back to the National Assembly by the end of August.

WATCH: Makhura says illegal land invasions are orchestrated, well organised

'INTERDICT ILLEGAL LAND INVASIONS'

Makhura has encouraged all municipalities, provincial departments and property owners to secure standing court interdicts in an effort to prevent illegal land invasions.

Makhura has called recent land grabs in the province criminal, saying those involved will be dealt with.

Makhura says he’s worried about what he calls "the current spate of orchestrated illegal land invasions" in the province.

Makhura says land grabs will not be tolerated.

“Municipalities across our province and government departments and any property owner should have standing court interdicts in order to prevent illegal land invasion.”

He says Moiloa's first task is to deal with this matter and prevent any further illegal land occupation.

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