The City of Joburg as well as the Johannesburg Metro Police Department say they have noticed athe ongoing illegal land occupation.
This happens during lockdown and charlatans selling land that does not belong to them.
This comes after the JMPD demolished a number of illegal structures in Lenasia, Alexandra and Riverlea in the past few weeks and confiscated the material used in the construction of those structures.
The City said said it was evident that “opportunistic and unscrupulous individuals” have taken advantage of the declaration that there will be no evictions during lockdown by encouraging people to grab and inhabit land unlawfully.
These unlawful acts are seemingly gaining prevalence with the relaxation of the lockdown regulations, the City said.
“Although evictions are prohibited, it should be noted that it is expected of people to remain at home at all times except when travelling to and from work, attending school or any learning institution, purchasing goods or obtaining services permissible during Level 3, exercising during stipulated hours, moving children between homes or attending a place of worship.
“Therefore, leaving one’s home to go occupy open land does not fall within the prescripts of the Disaster Management Act.
“We have noticed a growing and worrying trend of charlatans selling land that does not belong to them for a price ranging from R1000 to R3500.
Furthermore, there are those who illegally buy land and proceed to erect structures without Council approval.