Nelson Mandela Bay residents occupy land, name it ‘Malema Village’

Branded “land invaders”, the municipality says it will remove them from it.

Hundreds of residents who invaded a piece of land owned by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality have named it “Malema Village”.

Nelson Mandela Bay human settlements head Nqaba Bhanga is quoted in the TimesLive saying the municipality would not be tolerate land grabs.

We are going to remove them,” Bhanga said.

“Its illegal to simply occupy municipal land Bhanga said.

Nelson Mandela Bay residents occupy land, name it 'Malema Village'

EFF leader Julius Malema has been vocal in his support for people to invade unoccupied land.

The municipal land is situated in Ward 33 between Uitenhage and Chelsea roads.

A number of Malema Village residents said they were originally from the surrounding areas of Izinyoka and Govan Mbeki and were tired of waiting for proper housing from the government.

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Land occupation case against Sedibe withdrawn

A case emanating from a Facebook message inviting people to occupy land in Mpumalanga has been withdrawn against the EFF leader.

The prosecutor at the White River Magistrates Court said it would be difficult to prosecute both EFF chairman Collen Sedibe and co-accused, organiser Cyril Chuene, as there was not enough evidence.

The matter was struck off the roll and both Sedibe and Chuene went to collect their R500 each – the bail money they were released with.

The two were arrested on the Sunday of 29 January 2017 after a message inviting people to come occupy land belonging to the Nkomazi municipality went viral on Facebook.

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This week Sedibe told a Mpumalanga newspaper that there were means by the Mpumalanga government to silence them.

“We will start where we ended with our mission of taking the land and give it to our people,” he said.

“We will not be intimidated by anyone.

“We are also planning to persuade the provincial government for civil claims,” Sedibe said.

They faced charges of trespassing, incitement to public violence as well as a charge under the Regulation of Gatherings Act.

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