- Mar 26, 2010
More at : https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/lenasia-south-land-occupiers-and-residents-continue-to-clash-amid-deep-seated-acrimony-20190515Clashes between Lenasia South Extension 4 residents and a group of people illegally occupying government-owned land show no signs of abating.
On Monday morning, residents clashed with land invaders, following which police and JMPD officers came to the area and removed objects used by occupiers to mark their stands.
Hours later, after JMPD and police officers left the area, the group returned with their tools and building material to remark the pieces of land they had earlier chosen.
They vowed to never give up until they had built their homes.
The occupiers accused residents of being biased, saying there were others who had occupied land in the area for several years now and haven't been removed.
"They are only attacking us. We are building shacks here, we want to build houses. They think we will be intimidated. This is our country too. We are going to stay where we want to stay. They think we are afraid of the police. Police failed to remove people who have been invading land here for years now and only attack us," said Mzobe Majola.
In other parts of Lenasia South, people were building their new homes, seemingly oblivious of what was happening elsewhere in the neighbourhood.
Land occupations in the area began a few years ago and it happened haphazardly without any action taken by authorities.
Some of the occupiers have built mansions including one who had built a 23-bedroom hotel on provincial land.
They have been accused of tampering with sewerage systems, water systems and of stealing electricity.
They have also been blamed for an increase in the area's crime rate, occupying land earmarked for housing, business and recreational purposes, as well as the decline in property value.
The invaders said they have mobilised more than 120 people to occupy the land near the civic centre.