City of CT ‘concerned’ by spate of land invasions

Mayor Patricia de Lille will be embarking on a series of discussions with the affected communities.

Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archilles/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town says it will not tolerate land invasions and will act against those who incite violence.

Mayor Patricia de Lille has raised concern regarding the spate of land invasions, which in some cases have been violent. She has stressed that land invasions are illegal and pose fire, health and flood risks.

De Lille's spokesperson Xolani Koyana says she's embarking on a series of discussions with the affected communities.

“Starting tomorrow she has a scheduled meeting with the residents of Vrygrond in her office to discuss possible proposals. We’re waiting on the leadership to confirm their attendance. This will be the fourth meeting with the residents of Vrygrond.”

De Lille has also delegated Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson to hold discussions with representatives of Parkwood.

The city says over the past few months, its intervention has resulted in a lull in violence related to land invasions in Gugulethu and Philippi.

And adds that it's important for residents to ensure that land earmarked for development is protected from land invaders.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)