Gauteng Premier ‘has thrown land owners to the wolves,’ TAU

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Gauteng Premier ‘has thrown land owners to the wolves,’ TAU
Gauteng Premier 'has thrown land owners to the wolves,' TAU. Photo: Die Vryburger

TAU SA noted that the SAPS expects in some places that landowners obtain a court interdict and eviction order (at their own expense) if property is illegally occupied. The Gauteng Prime Minister takes the same view.

General. Chris van Zyl, Assistant General Manager of TAU SA, said he believes that a landowner can not get an interdict for an “in case” or possible land occupation.

He encouraged farmers confronted by land invasions to insist that SAPS handle the issue of “Trespassing” and, in accordance with existing legislation, act against the perpetrators, remove, charge and prosecute them.

According to the guidelines by the deputy police commissioner, Lieutenant General SF Masemola, dated 30 March 2017, to station commanders, it is stated that no police official may refuse a complaint of trespassing if it is made, provided that the structure is illegally erected on the ground, is not yet completed and inhabited. Trespassers must then be arrested.

Meanwhile, Mr. Philip van Staden, FF Plus member in the Gauteng legislature as well as Prime Minister David Makhura’s call, that all municipalities, provincial departments and landowners should be prepared with interdicts to fight the illegal grabbing of land in Gauteng is strongly condemned.

“Premier Makhura has now thrown all landowners in Gauteng to the wolves and has now left them to their own destiny. He does not care what happens to landowners, and places responsibility on municipalities and landowners to act on their own, “said Mr. Van Staden.

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