Griquas threaten not to vote

2016-04-01 06:00
Cyril Gangerdine points to the Mount Curry mountains where the grave of Adam Kok lies.  Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Cyril Gangerdine points to the Mount Curry mountains where the grave of Adam Kok lies. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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THE Griqualand community in Kokstad is blaming government for not taking serious their concerns of a land claim.

The community has been fighting for land ownership of Kokstad which was taken under apartheid.

Cyril Gangerdine (59), who represents Griquas in Kokstad, said their rights were violated even before democracy­.

Gangerdine said going to vote in the municipal elections will mean nothing to the Khoi-San Griquas in East Griqualand.

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act 84 of 1995 was made to provide restitution rights in land to persons or communities dispossessed of such rights after June 1913 as a result of past racial discriminatory laws to establish a Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in the Land Claims Court.

Gangerdine said his great-great-grandfather, Appolos Marais­, who died in 1910, was granted Kokstad property and farms by Adam Kok 111.

He said Adam Kok was the leader of indigenous Griquas and issued­ the land to all Burgers.

“I did my own research about the land and found that we are not supposed to suffer as Griquas.”

Gangerdine told Fever he has received and heard nothing from government­ since 1998, about his claim.

“I lodged the claim for the benefit of our future children.”

Gangerdine said the Griquas will not participate in this year’s local government elections if no one recognises their claim.

“Africa National Congress treasurer Zweli Mkhize met us in 2014 and promised to build us houses and attend to our problem, however, it is sad to say that nothing has happened.

“We need answers from government - they must not drag their feet.”

He said Human Rights month is over and their community has nothing to celebrate about human rights.

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