SA probes Moz expropriation of SA resort

2011-07-25 22:10
Johannesburg - South African authorities are investigating the expropriation of a South African-owned resort in southern Mozambique, the SA High Commission in the country said on Monday.

"We have made contact with the investor and tried to find the facts," said an official from the high commission in Maputo.

Mozambique's special police force, FIR, evicted inhabitants of the 13 houses in La Perla do Bilene resort in the lakeside town of Bilene a week ago despite a pending Supreme Court ruling on the case. The police left furniture on the pavement and changed the locks to the doors.

An official of South Africa's department of trade and industry was looking into the case, the embassy said.

"We will make contact with the [Mozambican] government as soon as we have the facts."

Police sent to clear property

The resort borders on properties linked to Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and former president Joaquim Chissano.

All land in Mozambique is public property, and individuals or businesses obtain a lease, or right, to use the land. However, they can own the buildings and other constructions on the land.

If permit-holders do not use the land for the purpose stated on the permit, they could lose the right to use the land.

Mozambican state media reported the owner of the resort had parcelled and sold off the land, which did not comply with its permit to run a tourist resort.

Though the country's supreme court still needs to rule on whether the Mozambican government may register the buildings on the resort in the state's name, police were sent to clear the property.

Read more on:    armando guebuza  |  mozambique  |  southern africa  |  land
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
24 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
The best-kept secrets of electric cars

The secret day-to-day benefits of driving an electric car.

/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Innovation, idealism, romanticism and other far reaching dreams can lead you into a spiral of enthusiasm and excitement. Somewhere...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.