Shiloh residents resist EFF land grab
The EFF is taking a beating over its attempted land grab in Whittlesea.
The Shiloh community has resisted, saying there are plans for an orderly residential development on the land.
If the EFF had negotiated through government channels, a deal could have been worked out in a peaceful manner, says leading Shiloh resident Selborne Cecane.
Instead, the EFF-led invaders from Sada have seen their shacks torn down, and two cars belonging to Sakhumzi Blekiwe, who is the brother of EFF Enoch Mgijima councillor Thobeka Blekiwe, were burned to a crisp.
In November the land invaders tried to stake their claim and build shacks on land between Bhede and Ngojini, but Shiloh villagers apparently tore those down too.
The Sada people tried again and fights broke out.
Thobeka Blekiwe said she was now living in fear as numerous threats have been made against her.
Cecane said the EFF group could have approached the community and raised their plans for the land as the Shiloh people wanted to create a residential area there.
“However, they were arrogant and decided to take the matters into their own hands and forcefully take the land.
“We have demolished the shacks that they built there and we have approached the courts for an eviction order.”
He denied that people from Shiloh had burnt the cars...
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