Police on standby for land grab threat

PORT Alfred SAPS are on standby for a threat by the EFF to illegally occupy land on Friday (Freedom Day).

The land invasion threat was first seen on a poster in town on Tuesday entitled “Day of land occupation” with the date of April 27 2018.

The poster with the EFF logo proclaimed they would be assembling at Jauka Hall in Nemato at 7am.

It had the hashtags #the land is ours and #umhlaba.

On Wednesday, EFF spokesperson Phaphama Shaun Nobebe issued a press release inviting media to the “Day of land occupation” at Jauka Hall on Friday.

“Ndlambe Municipality community members led by the EFF will be occupying a piece of land which has been leased to former and current Ndlambe municipal officials,” Nobebe said.

TotT has established that a piece of land in Station Hill is one of the targeted sites, but there may be more. ANC members with ties to the municipality are said to have interests in the land, which was earmarked for a shopping development.

SAPS spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said police would be on standby over the land invasion threat.

Govender also confirmed that four cases had been opened against high-profile local EFF member Xolisa Runeli relating to incidents at the municipal offices, including two cases of defamation of character, one of assault and one of crimen injuria.

“He has not been arrested as the dockets will be presented to the public prosecutor on completion of the investigation for a decision in whether to continue with prosecution,” she said.

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