Weenen farm trust dissolution fans anger

2010-07-20 00:00

MEMBERS of the Slindokuhle Trust in Weenen have threatened legal action against the Rural Development and Land Affairs Department if it proceeds with its plans to dissolve the trust.

The members fear that if the department proceeds with its plan it could cause anarchy and violence among the claimants

They have enlisted the services of a lawyer to stop the department.

They say they will “hold back” pending the outcome of the meeting that will be held in August, after the meeting that was to have been held on Saturday to finalise the dissolution of the trust did not take place.

The department took the decision to dissolve the trust last month after infighting among members escalated into physical violence, putting at least R42 million of agricultural land in jeopardy.

Nokuthokoza Ndlela, a spokesperson for the department, confirmed that the trust is in the process of being dissolved.

She said the meeting scheduled for Saturday to finalise the process was called off because the official tasked with attending it fell sick.

This irked the members, who said the department had overstepped the mark.

One of the trust members, Zondo Ndimande, said there will be severe consequences if the department proceeds with their intention to dissolve the trust.

“The members of the trust simply do not agree with it being dissolved.

“The department took a unilateral decision.

“One of our concerns is that there are six communities that are represented under the trust and yet the department will divide it into four groups; this will create a very volatile situation.”

Ndimande said the tempers are already starting to flare in the area. “The people are already starting to speak of an outright split where each community manages its own land; this will lead to violence as the community fight over borders.”

The lawyer representing the members of the trust, who did not want to be named, confirmed that they were looking into the matter.

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