Thursday, 24 January 2019

Bethlehem: Bethlehem Cluster Commander Major General Jan Tsotetsi is disturbed by a mushrooming trend of illegal occupation of land. This follows two separate land invasions in Arlington and Petrus Steyn last week.

Cases of trespassing are currently under investigation.

On Thursday 17 January 2019, a group of people started erecting shacks on municipal land without permission or prior arrangements with the local municipality. The following morning, in Petrus Steyn, a group of people were seen marking sites for occupation. Later the same day, a representative from the Local Municipality opened cases against those involved.

“We have already recovered corrugated iron sheets and poles intended for building shacks in Arlington. Both cases have been assigned to an executive team of investigators from Public Order Policing. They have hit the ground running and are gathering evidence against those involved. Where court interdicts are in order, they shall be enforced without fail,“

“Land, which we are first to concede that it is an important asset and thus an emotive issue, may only be occupied once all the necessary engagements have taken place and legal processes followed. We encourage residents in both towns to pursue this legal route. Our members will continue to monitor developments closely and will not hesitate to act.“ promised Major General Jan Tsotetsi.