Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says anyone found to be taking part in land invasions will face the full might of the law.  He has urged the province’s newly appointed mayors to make use of law enforcement services to curb the problem.

Makhura was speaking earlier about a spike in land invasion incidents in the province around this year’s local government elections.

He says while the increase may well be the result of politicking, there is a need to address the backlog in housing and access to land.

Last week, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba accused the African National Congress (ANC) of being behind recent land grab attempts, in areas the opposition party now governs.

But today the premier responded to those claims saying land invasions occur everywhere, irrespective of who is in charge.

“The mayors in this province working with us have been dealing with land invasion in the last two years since I have been premiere here.”

Makhura says municipalities must act swiftly and prohibit land invasions where they occur.

He also says there’s a backlog of 400,000 people currently waiting for title deeds.