Mayor meets with Botshabelo land invaders


Executive Mayor of Mangaung, Councillor Thabo Manyoni had a fruitful meeting on Tuesday the 03rd of February 2015 with the representatives of the community of Botshabelo of a portion of section H opposite Lenyora la Thuto regarding the illegal land occupation and invasion.

The Mayor was flanked by the MMC for Human Settlements, Cllr Xolo Pongolo, Chief Whip, Cllr Zolile Mancotjwa, Ward Councillor of Ward 30 Cllr Maureen Moopelo, and members of the intervention unit of the office of the Premier led by Rev M Lekota.

Executive Mayor shared with the community representatives their concerns on the situation of that portion of land in which they have occupied and agreed with them that the manner in which the land was allocated to them was not proper and also against procedures of the city, that there is a need to urgently rectify the situation by ensuring that proper arrangement are made for them to have space and land of their own in line with the policies of the city.

The representatives of the community acknowledged that no sufficient information was giving to them on the status of the land and where falsely made to even make payments to pay for those sites which the did not approve of them to occupy. This is one matter that will be thoroughly investigated.

“I will not allow people to stay or occupy any piece of land that is not serviced and does not as well conform with basic requirement of descent place of stay” said the Executive Mayor.

“The issue of land is a serious matter that need to be treated carefully hence we will not allow any lawlessness around it, this is why we want to work with you and take you the process to resolve this matter in manner that will not cause further problems, actually it is my desire and intention to see to it everyone in this city is properly placed and housed in a space of his or her own where there are sufficient services and total ownership” said the Executive Mayor.

The Executive Mayor and the representatives of the community in section H agreed on a joint working solution to address this problem, especially on those who have already paid and occupied those sites wrongfully so. At the same time urge members of the community in general not to be cohest in occupying land that is not approved rather to work closely with the city to address this important and sensitive matter of land

To this end the Executive Mayor has directed the MMC for Human Settlement Cllr Xolo Pongolo to liaise and work very closely with the representatives of the community of section H towards a speedy resolution of the matter.

The Executive Mayor will from time to time receive briefings and updates on the matter, as he regards it as important and critical and expect it to be speedily resolved.