Land claimant ‘farms with people’

2014-07-23 09:22

The chief of the Mhlongo clan has angered neighbouring farmers in Carolina because he is renting land claim land to squatters instead of farming.

Clan head Reuben Ndlovu Dlangamandla was renting out plots on the farm Kromkrans for as little as R100, Beeld reported.

One resident said none were Mhlongos.

“It was never a farm. We provide a place to stay to people who have nowhere to go,” he said.

Neighbours allegedly lost millions because of veld fires and cattle theft, and said the land was meant to ensure food security.

Danie du Plessis, regional chairperson of the Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA (TLU-SA), said sub-division of agricultural land was illegal unless an application for rezoning was made.

A 2003 report on the farm said it would be used for agriculture, grazing, breeding, and a housing project.

Comment was not available from the provincial land claims commissioner.

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