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Land grabbers halted

On Saturday (05/05) there was an attempted land grab in Brebner Road, Flamingo Park.

A total of 17 people – 12 men and five women – claiming to be EFF members, started staking out a piece of land opposite the houses in this road.

Irate residents gathered outside their properties to watch the illegal grab taking place.

A municipal official of the Matjha­beng Department of Safety and Security laid a charge of trespassing at the police station in Jan Hofmeyr Road, and the grabbers were arrested.

They appeared in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Monday (07/05).

Bail of R500 each was granted to thirteen of the accused and the cases of the four other accused were postponed for bail application till Friday (11/05). They remain in custody.

The Matjhabeng council has resolved not to condone illegal land grabs.

  • Bystanders who were watching the events unfold, told Vista this attemp­ted land grab in an established residential area was rather related to ANC faction infighting. In a separate incident in Allanrigde on Saturday, land grabbers attempted to illegally occupy land. Public Order Policing arrested 34 people for trespassing. They appeared in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate Court on Monday and were each granted bail of R300.

The cases were postponed till 13 June for further investigation.

“We appeal to residents that land invasion will never be tolerated. We encourage residents to follow proper procedures to obtain stands to reside on,” says Capt. Stephen Thakeng of the Welkom Police.

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