Limehill land protest march

2010-07-13 00:00

THE Limehill community near Ladysmith is threatening a massive protest march at the end of the soccer World Cup to force the Land Claims Commission to settle their land claims which they say have been dragging on for the past 12 years.

The Limehill community is a combination of communities from different regions, including Thelaphi, Meran and Kamelkop.

The Thelaphi community filed a claim on their land which they have since received and the Meran and Kamelkop communities chose financial settlement, but although they filed their claims in 1998, they are yet to be settled.

The commission was unable to comment on the status of the claims at the time of going to press.

The community’s threat of action against the commission comes after the national department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which provides the commission with money for the settlements said it had financial constraints.

Sabelo Molefe who spoke on behalf of the community said the land restitution process had been too slow and frustrated many community members.

“This process has taken too long,” he said.

“These claims were filed 12 years ago and they are yet to be finalised. The information we had from the commission was that the claim had been compiled and was waiting on the Chief National Commissioner for approval.”

Molefe said they were subsequently told that the KZN commission had financial constraints and therefore could only settle the claims when the funds were available.

Molefe said even the Thelephi community was not provided with the necessary resources to be able to relocate to their land.

He said despite the community being given their land back, they still reside in Limehill because the commission had failed to provide the community with proper infrastructure in the new area.

Molefe said the community had reached the end of the line.

“The commission does not provide any clear cut dates when they will finalize the process and now we are preparing a mass action to demonstrate that the land restitution has done little if anything to balance the unequal distribution of land.”

 

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