BusinessTech reports that, in an attempt to halt the rise of illegal land grabs, the City of Tshwane has set up a dedicated unit to deal with the issue.

Yeah, folks, it’s become such a big problem in SA that specialised units – units that could have been tasked with community safety had they not been needed for this – have had to be set up by the eThekwini, Cape Town and now Tshwane municipalities to stop people from taking land illegally.

According to Tshwane’s human settlements MMC Mandla Nkomo, some of the contributing factors to the surge in illegal land occupations are politics and criminal elements. Nkomo told Pretoria News on Thursday that local councillors as well as politicians just pick a piece of either public or private property, sell it to whoever wants to pay and next thing an informal settlement has sprung up.

The parts of Tshwane suffering the most include Nellmapius, Ga-Rankuwa, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, Fort West and Mamelodi East.
The EFF has been dominating public discourse around illegal land occupation, with civic organisations having to get court orders stopping Julius Malema encouraging his red berets to ‘take any land they’ve decided they want’ without any regard for the constitution.