Izinduna: Hilton land grab criminal

2011-11-30 00:00

“WE do not know these people invading that land and quite frankly, what they are doing is criminal,” said induna Thinasonke Ntombela of the invasion of private land in the Hilton area at the weekend.

Ntombela and five other izinduna from kwaMpumuza, an area that falls under under the leadership of inkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi, yesterday visited the land owner, Rusty Roodt, to show their support.

Zondi could not accompany the izinduna, as he reportedly had another appointment in Durban.

Roodt’s land, situated between the Hilton and kwaMpumuza, has been invaded twice in the last two months.

He obtained a court order to evict the invaders, but at weekend, local people violated the order and started building there again.

The police were called, but after they were overwhelmed by the invaders they said would return on Monday to demolish the structures.

Ntombela said they view the land invasion as criminal and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

“We went to visit the land owner as we wanted to make it clear that we were not involved in this land grab. Our silence would have been interpreted as our being complicit or condoning what was happening,” he said.

“We do not know these people who are claiming that land and in fact we view what they are doing as a criminal activity, because that land is privately owned and the owner has a title deed.

“These people did not go through the proper channels to acquire the land.

“We are only learning through the media that there is an instigator who is telling the people that the land belongs to the Ingonyama Trust. If that is truly the case, these people should have gone through the trust, rather than what they are doing.”

Ntombela said that while they would like to intervene, their hands are tied because they do not know where the invaders come from and cannot take responsibility for them. In addition.

Besides, he added, the landowner is dealing with the matter through the courts.”

Roodt said he was reassured that he would receive support from the local leaders. “I thought it was very noble of them to come and see me about the matter,”.

Attempts to contact Philani Ndlovu, who is allegedly the instigator of of the two land invasions, were unsuccessful.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police will assist Roodt as they are now in possession of a court order.

She added that a committee formed to assist in the event of such land invasions has been activated.

thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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