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Anti-land invasion unit (ALI)

The biggest unit in Law Enforcement, this team of specially trained officers is mandated by the City's Human Settlements Department to stop people who attempt to illegally occupy City and Provincial owned land that has been identified for residents on the City’s housing waiting list. This is in fairness to the majority of law abiding people on the list.

The unit does this by monitoring and patrolling vacant land on a 24/7 basis, enforcing the rule of law when land is illegally occupied, stopping illegal shack building, and providing backup to housing officers during evictions, relocations and the demolition of illegal structures. 

It also assists with the planning of services and emergency services during flood and fire disasters on City-owned land.

Unlawful invasions of privately owned land must be reported to the courts without delay for an eviction order in terms of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction From and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, 1998. The unit can be called in to counter illegal invasions of City rental stock and remove shipping containers on privately owned land.

Who to call

Call us any time on 021 596 1999, 24/7 to report land invasions.


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