Plots sold illegally on my land, says farm owner

2011-10-19 00:00

A LANDOWNER in the Lion Park area says a man who lives on his farm is selling plots to people who have started building houses on the property.

Owner Robert Mbongwe has applied for a court order to evict the invaders.

But the settlers have challenged Mbongwe, asking him to produce his title deeds. They deny that the plots are being sold.

Mbongwe said that about three months ago he learned from an associate in Durban that his farm was being subdivided into plots that were being sold for between R3 000 and R5 000.

He said a man, whose name is known to The Witness, moved in with a woman who worked for him and started selling off his land.

“There are several plot markings on my land and there have also been numerous structures erected without my permission.”

He said the settlers believe they are entitled to the land. “This is my land, which I bought privately, and the community thinks that this is a land claim and hence they are just taking it over …

“I have appointed a security guard to keep anyone from building there and I have applied for a court order to evict all those who have built there.”

The settlers, who declined to be named, said they are living in the area legally.

They said if Mbongwe believes it is his land he should come to them with the title deeds.

Said a settler, “We are building here but the plots are not being sold, no one is profiting from this.

“As far as we know this land belongs to inkosi Simangaye Mlaba of Ximba and under his direction, the people have been building here. The previous owners of this land were paid, so we do not know what he means when he said this is his land.”

Inkosi Mlaba said he has never authorised anyone to occupy any land and that he cannot allocate land on his own authority. He explained that applicants first approach the headman, who consults the inkosi and neighbours.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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