Edendale landowners resist expropriation

2011-08-29 00:00

A SMALL group of Edendale landowners are opposing the forced expropriation of their land by the municipality.

Gertrude Lydia Khumalo and other landowners have instructed Sundeep Singh to represent them in the matter of the expropriation of their Edendale land, following a notice published in The Witness.

They have written a letter to the municipal manager detailing their objections. They said they are objecting because the municipality has failed to take into account pertinent provisions of the KwaZulu-Natal Planning and Development Act that promote a uniform planning and development system that treats all citizens of the province equitably.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said after the publication of the notice in July, most of the landowners accepted the offer. “About five percent of the landowners objected and 95% agreed to the project. The municipality will write to the minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs for approval so that the project can continue with those who agreed and we will include the objection made by the few,” said Zuma.

In their objection letter the landowners said the notice published in a newspaper must contain a concise statement of the matter to be investigated, the name, official title, contact telephone number and physical address of the person from whom further information on the matter and the procedure of the investigation can be obtained. The administrator must take special steps to solicit the views of members of the community.

Public meetings should also be held and the possible consequences explained.

They added that the municipality has failed to take into account rights incorporated in the Constitution.

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