Pretoria court rules on bank accounts

2012-03-22 21:33

Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday that the bank accounts of two groups representing illegal occupants of Wallmansthal would remain frozen, AfriForum said.

"[This is] until the more comprehensive eviction processes have been finalised in court," AfriForum's legal counsel Willie Spies said in a statement.

"The court today dismissed with costs the disputed account holders' application to have the accounts unfrozen."

In February, the court ordered the illegal occupants to vacate the government-owned land within 15 days.

Judge Joseph Raulinga had issued a court order compelling the occupants to demolish their structures and remove their belongings.

The application was brought by the rural development and land reform department, which was busy transferring the land to successful claimants.

According to an earlier court order, no one was allowed to settle on the land until infrastructure had been installed.

Large numbers of people nevertheless started moving in, setting up informal dwellings on plots that were allegedly sold at R400 a plot to members of the public.

AfriForum said it supported members of the Wallmannsthal Communal Property Association, who it claimed were the legitimate holders of the piece of land, north of Pretoria.

He alleged that a breakaway faction had started selling the land arbitrarily.

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