Muden protest over farm land escalates

2014-01-16 00:00

THE protest over land and service delivery escalated in Muden yesterday with the residents shutting down the main road in the area.

The R74 between Muden and Colenso was barricaded with rocks and trucks on Tuesday night. Yesterday afternoon the road was still closed by the residents at the Hillerman farm, demanding that government settle a land claim they have on a nearby farm.

The Hillerman farm is under claim and the delay in the settlement resulted in the collapse of service delivery to the people residing there as it is private land.

Community leader Jeffrey Ngobese told The Witness yesterday, “The police have since decided to close the road altogether because the community has dug a huge trench in the middle of the road; nothing is moving at all.

“There are two issues here, there is the issue of the land [which has taken a long time to settle] and there is the issue of the service delivery …” Ngobese said at midday yesterday.

He said residents were angry. “The people who live on the farm say they will not be attending any meetings called. They just want to know when the government will begin service delivery in the area.”

Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said residents were protesting and had closed the road with bricks. According to Muden police, no property has been damaged and no arrests have been made. The police are monitoring the situation.

On Tuesday, a group of community members ordered the Hillerman land owners to vacate the land within the next two days and should not expect any form of compensation.

Ngobese, who is part of the group, said they will know tomorrow whether the farmer had heeded their call to leave. “We are going back there on Friday,” he said.

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