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Warning against illegal land sales

2012-01-22 22:35

Johannesburg - People who purchase land from bogus sellers will not only lose their money but will also be evicted from the land, the department of rural development and land reform warned on Sunday.

"Occupation of such illegally sold land constitutes illegal occupation and is a criminal offence," said spokesperson Eddie Mohoebi

The warning came after community members at Walmannsthal, north of Pretoria, illegally sold land belonging to the state.

"It is unfortunate that unscrupulous people are exploiting desperately poor communities, who stand to lose the money they have paid to these unscrupulous characters...and are evicted from the land they are currently illegally occupying."

Mohoebi said legal action had been taken against people who were occupying the land.

He said the department would approach the registrar of the high court for a hearing date to seek a final order to ensure that people who were illegally occupying land at Walmannsthal were evicted with immediate effect.

Comments
  • Francois Swais Fonternel - 2012-01-23 02:13

    Sooo what about the land taken from whites and i agree with the person who commented before me why are they not redistributing govt land as well??

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-23 08:11

      David I suggest you go back and check history carefully, despite what you want to believe the Khoisan were here first so that technically makes you a settler as you didn't "come here with land" either. Seriously though ... do you honestly think rabid racism is the best way for a country to progress? Move forward

  • Rudi Nel - 2012-01-23 07:22

    It's amazing how quick our ANC government jump to protect state owned property, but when it comes to privately owned land (black or white) they took years to evict such criminals.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-23 08:59

    As long as this rule is consistently applied I am delighted to see it in action. That said why is state land not being made available in an organised and controlled fashion.Its well known that having access to land ownership is one of the main planks of anc policy. But its also equally well known that the anc will not budge on anything unless some comrade can become an overnight billionaire as a result.

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