This is ‘Malema’s Juju Valley, where over 600 EFF families live in shacks built from iron sheets and gardens

 

Criticisms have trailed the Juju Valley, a settlement named after EFF leader Julius Malema, where hundreds of supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters live in neat rows of shacks built from corrugated iron sheets and tidy gardens.

Since 2016, some 600 families live in the informal settlement in Polokwane named after EFF leader Julius Malema. Residents do not have to pay rent but have to get by with a relative lack of services. According to the EFF, the land was donated by a private owner, but the municipality disputes it this claim.

Juju Valley is a piece of private land in Polokwane, Limpopo occupied by informal settlers. According to the EFF, the land was donated to the community by the land owner but the municipality disputes this.

To establish a place for people to live in a decent and orderly fashion involves planning.

In the civilised world, the procedure involves finding a suitable chunk of land, buying it, planning it out and subdividing it into smaller erfs, and allocating space for roads, public spaces, schools, public buildings and commercial zones….then you build the stormwater, pipes, power, roads etc, then, lastly the houses go up…after being bought by new owners. These owners then pay rates and taxes for services.

But here, we invade land, cover every square meter in shacks, and then burn tyres to demand all the previously mention good stuff.

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