ANC councillor dismisses accusation of land grab

2010-10-22 00:00

PHILANI Mavundla, the councillor and chairperson of the African National Congress Inkosi Bhambatha region in Greytown, has dismissed recent allegations of a land grab levelled against him as slander warranting legal action.

It was recently reported that Mavundla has illegally taken over Burleigh Estate Farms in Seven Oaks in Greytown.

The farms are under claim.

He has also been accused of threatening the life of the local inkosi, Sifiso Phungula, who is the chairperson of the Mdlovana Trust, which had put a claim on the land.

In an interview with The Witness, Phungula said he is living in fear for his life as he believes that Mavundla is conspiring to have him killed and to take over the land.

He said he and his community had put a claim on the land, which is estimated to be 10 000 hectares, 12 years ago. The claim was gazetted in 2005; they are still waiting for the land to be formally handed over to the community.

“We discovered that he was now farming there and hosting his own meetings on the land,” said the inkosi. “He just moved in and took over the land without any form of explanation.

“We are certain that he did not buy the land because when he moved in the land had long been gazetted.”

Phungula accused Mavundla of using his political influence to intimidate him. “He keeps saying that no one can touch him because he is connected with the political elite and has friends in the legislature.”

He said he is living in fear and believes that Mavundla wants him dead.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Mavundla said he has never seen the inkosi before.

He denied that he has invaded the land. He had bought it six years ago, he said, and is paying a monthly bond on it.

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