No retreat for Silverglen land invaders (WARNING: Image not for sensitive viewers)

The wooden structure demarcating the area where a shack will be built.

Land grabs in the Silverglen Nature Reserve area are continuous and ongoing invasion threats have been thwarted by the Land Invasion Unit in recent weeks.

Last Sunday, over 500 invaders embarked on a legal march into the Silverglen residential area wanting to take over the reserve.

They had plans to build up the area taking into consideration conservation of the reserve. They also claim to have a business plan on how to develop the reserve, which was mentioned in a memorandum read out to the people on the ground.

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Last Monday, after invaders were chased away, a dog was found hanged. The dog and many other species were also killed. Some animals were burnt due to the fires set to the reserve.

It is alleged that the grabbers set fire to the reserve.

The dog was found hanged on a mango tree with a piece of wire around its neck at the border of the reserve close to F Section bridge crossing near Umlazi.

The dog was found hanged from a tree in the area.

Shaun Hammond from the Silverglen Conservancy said at present, the situation is volatile.

“The road is continuously being blocked. It seems as if they hanged the dog to make a point and serves as a threat to those stopping the invasion. Invasion of the reserve cannot happen because it is a protected area. The land invasion unit is constantly monitoring the area and the eThekwini Municipality is adamant and have issued out a notice that they will not tolerate any kind of land invasion in the reserve,” added Hammond.

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Over 3, 000 pamphlets, educating residents about land invasion, were given out in the last two weeks and sign boards were put up.

Public announcements are made continuously to curb the invaders from grabbing the protected area of land.

Numerous indigenous trees have been destroyed and protected grassland areas have also been destroyed.

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Yoshini Perumal
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