The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have defended their call encouraging people to occupy land illegally in Alexandra despite the City of Johannesburg claiming it’s making it impossible to deliver services to the area.
Alexandra land invasions increasing
According to GroudUp, EFF Gauteng provincial head Mandisa Mashego was speaking at the third sitting of the inquiry into problems in the township.
The party was invited to respond to claims made by former MEC of human settlements Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa that their call for people to occupy land in Alex has made it next to impossible for the city to provide basic services and enforce law and order.
Mashego argued land invasions are part of the party’s manifesto and that the people had the right to protest poverty even if it meant illegal land invasion.
“We are surprised by the question of why people are occupying land in Alexandra when the dire poverty is clear,” she said.
“The ANC was democratically elected in 1994 and EFF was formed in 2014. People were still forced to occupy land in that time.”
EFF didn’t invent land occupation
Mashego said that the party did not invent the concept of land invasions and that the issue is not unique to Alex. Land is being occupied all over the country by people who are desperately poor and have very few options.
“We are surprised by the question of why people are occupying land in Alexandra when the dire poverty is clear,” she added.
“In fact, most of our townships were formed by land occupations … Soweto is one of the biggest townships but it was formed and continued to grow through land occupations.
“Every time people ask why they are not getting land, they are told there is no land. Yet they are living next to vacant land.”