Winterskloof land invaders return, despite court order

2011-11-28 00:00

DESPITE a court order granted against Winterskloof land grabbers earlier this month, the invaders were back erecting structures on Rusty Roodt’s land in Crompton Road at the weekend.

In a call to The Witness yesterday after he saw people starting to build, Roodt said he cannot understand why the invaters had returned to his land after a court order was granted against them.

“I went to fetch the police and four officers arrived, but they didn’t act against those people.

“I think they were overwhelmed by the number of invaders. They could not carry on with the building because of the thunderstorm. We are still going to have to go to court on this matter because the court order has been disregarded,” said Roodt.

An interim order forbidding the invasion granted by Judge Ron McLaren on October 31 against the invaders’ leader Philani Bha Ndlovu was made final on November 21.

It was alleged in papers put before McLaren that Ndlovu openly admitted he was selling plots of the land, which he claimed belonged to the Ngonyama Trust and the Zulu people.

Roodt said he is the sole member of Farmers Nuco CC2, which owns the 82-hectare farm.

When The Witness arrived at the area just after the storm yesterday, the invaders had left without completing any structures.

Hilton ward seven councillor Pam Passmoor said the invaders were on the land on Friday, Saturday and yesterday.

“On Saturday at about 5.30 there was some sort of a meeting on the land and there were cars everywhere. They are disregarding the court order,” said Passmoor.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police attended to a complaint from Roodt on Saturday.

“Mr Roodt could not provide the police with any legal documentation so the police could not act,” said Jeevan.

The order banned trespassers from the land and Ndlovu, who was given until November 11to file opposing affidavits, failed to do so within that period.

Sweetwaters residents invaded the land after buying plots from Ndlovu, who did not deny this allegation.

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