The South African Police Service (SAPS) and eThekwini metro police have intervened to prevent residents from Chatsworth and surrounding areas from clashing with illegal land invaders. During the Easter weekend several metro police and SAPS vehicles were seen patrolling the affected areas. Temporary mobile structures manned with private security guards have been erected after residents and the land invaders intent on building shacks in surrounding areas nearly came to blows. The standoff started a few weeks ago when land invaders cleared areas near the Crossmoor and Chatsworth area and started building shacks. Residents, angered over this apparent land grab, formed vigilante groups and worked with private security guards and the police to tear down the shacks, saying a shack settlement would hit property prices and see a spike in crime. Residents started a campaign to clear all vacant land and prevent squatters from setting up informal settlements. They also started a social media ca...

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