The situation was volatile today as police and authorities cordoned off the area and evicted the invading residents, some of whom had partially erected informal housing structures.
Msunduzi Municipality’s anti-land invasion team, alongside a private demolishing company tore down the wooden structures. When Public Eye got to the scene, the supporters draped in the red t-shirts were protesting the city’s action.
Mountain Rise SAPS, headed by station commander Brigadier Boxer Pillay cordoned off the area as Public Order Policing was called in for additional support.
Ward 30 EFF secretary Sphamandla Ndlovu said they were told by the municipality that the land was ‘not privately owned’.
“We have gone to municipality twice, last on Monday to clarify that this is not privately owned property. It’s the governments land. It is our land,” emphasised Ndlovu.
However the municipality rejected Ndlovu’s claims saying it was unaware of any communication regarding the ownership status of the land. Municipality Spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the city deployed various units to the site to combat illegal land occupation.
“At this current moment municipality is unaware of any communication between the parties that claim this action was communicated with respective departments,” said Mafumbatha.
Sector 4 community policing chairperson Sunil Beharie told Public Eye said they have been policing the site since the early hours of Tuesday morning.