150413. Cape Town. Wallacedene residents who were evicted from a piece of land on monday morning protest infront of the Kraaifontein Police station. Residents claim they have been living on the land for three weeks and they have no where else to go. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

Cape Town - Recent land invasion attempts in Khayelitsha and Kalkfontein have placed severe strain on law enforcement agencies, says the City of Cape Town.

And the metro is also investigating reports that repeated attempts to invade land near Kalkfontein, which culminated on Monday in the burning of a church, were politically motivated.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour, which is placing strain on the city’s law enforcement agencies, the South African Police Service, and the city’s broader service delivery efforts at the expense of law-abiding residents,” said Benedicta van Minnen, the mayco member for Human Settlements.

Over the past week, areas such as Kraaifontein, Kalkfontein and Khayelitsha have been invaded by residents who said that they claimed the land because the government wouldn’t give them housing.

Richard Bosman, the city’s executive director of Safety and Security, said all 24 structures and 14 frames erected opposite the Nolungile station in Khayelitsha on Sunday were removed.

But the community has appealed for its shacks. “We have written a letter of memorandum to the police who took our shacks, asking them to bring back our homes,” said Khayelitsha resident Nomzamo Nkolisa.

Van Minnen urged landowners to act immediately if people moved on to their land illegally, by contacting the city or the police.

Cape Argus