Cape Town – Politics is believed to be fuelling the recent spike in land invasions in the City of Cape Town, the city said on Saturday.
A visible increase in the number of attempted land invasions had been noticed over the past two months, especially over weekends, and the city’s anti-land invasion unit and law enforcement agencies had been on high alert, also especially over weekends, sometimes monitoring certain hotspots every two hours every night to prevent the illegal erection of structures, mayoral committee member for human settlements Benedicta van Minnen said.
This followed repeated land invasion attempts across the city, including in the areas of Dunoon, Retreat, Parkwood, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, and the Steenbras Dam. Many of the attempted invasions had occurred concurrently, which had strained the city’s resources, she said.
“On a daily basis we are intricately involved in service delivery across the city. We engage with our residents and are active in our communities and therefore we understand the housing need but we simply cannot allow land invasions to occur.”
The spread of informal settlements as a result of the illegal occupation of land placed an enormous strain on the city’s resources, and land which had been invaded became a fire and flood risk.