Mayor on Kleinfonetin fact-finding mission

2013-05-28 15:53
Kgosientso Ramokgopa (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Tshwane's Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will visit the Afrikaners-only community of Kleinfontein outside Rayton, east of Pretoria, on Wednesday.

"The visit is not a law enforcement exercise, but is aimed at fact-finding, reaching out to the community and understanding their concerns," Ramokgopa's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Members of his mayoral committee would accompany his.

Spokesperson Blessing Manale said Ramokgopa would use the visit to reiterate that racial practices had no place in a democratic era.

"The executive mayor has called on the leadership of civil rights organisations and other government agencies to join in this exercise, so as to welcome the minority community of Kleinfontein back into Tshwane and assure them that they have no reason to fear."

During the visit discussions on amicable remedies for the area's apparent non-compliance with certain planning and housing regulations and other by-laws would be held.

Last week the Democratic Alliance Youth protested outside Kleinfontein's gates. The property covers almost 800ha.

DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli and a few others entered the area to speak with Kleinfontein leaders.

"We want to show you what South Africa looks like. We achieve nothing by creating secluded areas," she said at the time.

Kleinfontein controlling body chairperson Jan Groenewald insisted in a debate with the DA on Thursday that the criteria for its residents were not based on race.

Inhabitants of the settlement, which had existed for 21 years but came under the media's spotlight this week, merely wanted to live out their values in seclusion, said Groenewald. This would include providing themselves with their own "municipal" services.

"The people that have free access to Kleinfontein, who can apply, are Afrikaner.

"[They] are basically people who associate themselves with our Voortrekker history, the Blood River Covenant and all these historical facts relating to our struggle for independence for the Afrikaner people," Groenewald told reporters.

The criteria to live in Kleinfontein was "based on cultural, language, traditional and religious beliefs".

"You cannot use race as a base to determine anything," said Groenewald.

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