Dann Road squatters: Only the High Court can help

ONE of the houses built in the squatter camp.

THE owners of the land on Dann Road occupied by squatters need to go to the High Court to get an interdict to remove them.

And they must to it as quickly as possible.

This is according to ward councillor Jaco Terblanche, speaking to Kempton EXPRESS about the current influx of squatters on the property.

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Terblanche said the squatter camp had been an eyesore to many residents and business owners. After the land owners cleaned the property, following an order by the City of Ekurhuleni in February, the shacks on the property were in plain sight, leaving many residents irritated.

Terblanche said residents complained that the values of their properties might be affected because of increasing crime levels. He said this was escalating as more shacks were being erected on the property.

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EXPRESS discovered the land has been occupied for a number of years, as some of the squatters on the property said they had been staying on the land for almost a decade.

“When we first visited the place with the police in September 2016, we found the shacks. I said to the squatters they could not be on private land, as it was illegal. We didn’t know whether the owners of the property gave them permission to stay on the property or not, but even the police at the time said to the squatters they could not stay on the private property,” Terblanche said.

He said the situation had now become a tug-of-war game, prolonging residents’ anger.

Terblanche said he was inundated with calls from the community, demanding the removal of the squatters from the land. He said neither the community or City of Ekurhuleni had the power to evict the squatters, because only the land owners could apply for a court order to so.

Among those who were found on the property when the owners were trying to carry out the eviction on Wednesday, was Jacob Mathibela (33), who originates from Mokopane, a village in Limpopo.

Mathibela says he has been staying on the property since 2004 and has no other place to go, besides going back home.

“I have been living here since then and have no relatives nearby. I also cannot afford to pay rent. I make little money a day as I collect rubbish for recycling, and that sometimes is not enough,” Mathibela said.

Kempton EXPRESS is still trying to talk to the land owners.

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Tumi Riba
Journalist

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