Walmansthal announcement due soon

2012-05-15 15:42
Cape Town - An announcement on the issue of bogus pieces of land sold at Walmansthal will be made this week, Minister of Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday.

Nkwinti, speaking to media ahead of his budget speech in Parliament, said those who had bought the land in the area would "inevitably" lose it.

"The inevitable consequence is that they will lose their hard-earned money and face prospects of being evicted as occupants of such illegally sold land," he said.

"We would like to make an appeal to members of the public to stop buying land or sites from bogus sellers.

Walmansthal, north of Pretoria, has been the site of ongoing land invasions. Nkwinti said "desperate communities" were being sold stands that belonged to the state.

Walmansthal farm is a finalised restitution claim that is being transferred to Walmansthal Community Property.

"Unscrupulous fraudsters have however, since September last year, been illegally selling sites or encouraging people to illegally occupy this state land," the minister said.

"It must be emphasised that there are at least two illegal acts being committed in this case - the illegal sale of state land as well as the illegal occupation of state land - land that is being transferred to its rightful owners, the Walmansthal restitution claimants."

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