The City of Mbombela in Mpumalanga has warned people to refrain from invading land illegally as it hampers development.
The head of town planning division, Dumisane Mabuza says it is difficult to formalise areas when people illegally occupy land in them.
Land invasions have escalated in the municipality. Mabuza says some houses in other areas, whose land were illegally occupied, will have to be demolished to make way for infrastructure development.
“The biggest problem is that land invasion poses is that it is very difficult almost impossible at times to formalise areas after there has been invasion because people have already settled and it means that the plan must then talks to what is already happening,” Mabuza says.
“There are areas where you can not provide basic services. We are appealing to our people, please do not invade land because it will create lot of problems for all of us. The reality is there are areas in Msholozi where services will be very difficult to install, then it means that we must demolish certain houses.”
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