DA debates illegal land occupation and evictions

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Fred Nel MPL, Lebo More MPL, Michele Clarke MPL, and Mervyn Cirota MPL, during debates on the motion of the Gauteng Provincial Governments application of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act.

Speech by
Fred Nel MPL

“The Constitution must guide land access”

  • The property ownership issue in South Africa is a complex one. There is a major need to empower those South Africans who were disadvantaged under apartheid by being prevented from owning property.
  • Scores of poor and homeless South Africans seeking a better life in Gauteng are exploited by unscrupulous criminals who illegally sell and rent property to them.
  • There are victims on both sides of the property divide who need to be cared for. But in order to do so government, all three spheres of it, needs to play a constructive role and stop dragging its feet in dealing with property ownership issues.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Lebo More MPL

“Housing needs are human needs”

  • It is the duty of government to provide fair access for all South Africans to realise the freedom which secure housing provides.
  • Evictions, if there is no alternative, must take place with the utmost respect for people and the rule of law.
  • I call on the municipalities and provincial government in Gauteng to respect and treat people with the fairness and dignity that they deserve

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Michele Clarke MPL

“Evictions: A symptom of failed policy”

  • Illegal occupation and evictions reflect the deep rooted societal inequalities that remain prevalent 21 years in to our hard won democracy.
  • A fundamental failing of this administration has been its inability to provide not just housing, but housing that seeks to redress the shortcomings of Apartheid spatial planning – if anything, it has perpetuated its legacy.
  • This administration, as part of a legislative institution must not see itself beyond the law. It must endeavour to act in accordance with the law, so as to afford people the rights and dignity befitting of them as citizens of this province.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Mervyn Cirota MPL

“Residents treated inhumanely”

  • Although the DA recognises and supports the inalienable right of property owners to security of land tenure and rejects illegal squatting and land invasions the DA believes that more humane measures can be applied when evicting residents and agrees that special steps can and must be taken to secure accommodation for those who are destitute.
  • There have been numerous reports of land invaders being forcibly removed off state and private land in circumstances where if alternative accommodation had been supplied timeously, the need for inhumane intervention could have been prevented.

The full speech can be obtained here.