Final order on Hiltonland grab

2011-11-22 00:00

A LEADER of the alleged Winterskloof land grabbers was told by Judge David Ntshangase yesterday that because he did not respond to a high court interim order banning trespassers from the farm, the order was ruled final.

The interim order was granted by Judge Ron McLaren on October 31 and the respondent, Philani Bha Ndlovu, was given to November 11 to file opposing affidavits.

Ndlovu, who represented himself in the court yesterday, said he had been unable to obtain legal advice and asked for the case to be adjourned.

Attorney Deon Schaup, on behalf of the farm owner, Rusty Roodt, asked for the interim order to be made final and Ntshangase acquiesced.

Roodt, sole member of Farmers Nuco CC2, which owns the 82-hectare farm, said that on October 29 he saw about 20 people measuring plots and knocking in pegs, typical of land demarcation.

Roodt said he rushed to the Hilton police station and was told that the police would not act unless he produced the title deed to the land.

He said he tried to explain that it was the weekend and he would have to obtain his title deed on Monday October 31.

In the meantime the people kept demarcating plots on his property and on Sunday, October 30, a bulldozer/tractor was levelling the plots demarcated the previous day.

One of the people on the farm told him that Ndlovu was selling the plots. Ndlovu arrived shortly afterwards and told Roodt that the land belonged to the Zulu people and the Ngonyama Trust, and that he was entitled to sell plots.

Roodt denied that Zulus had ever lived or owned any of the Winterskloof properties.

A chief Zondi lived about two kilometres from Farmers Nuco land.

Roodt said: “Ndlovu and those who believe they may simply grab another’s land and that this land was previously part of Chief Zondi’s land are mistaken.”

Roodt, an agronomist, said that the land has been cleared of bluegum trees and that he envisages a 640-subdivision development. — Own Correspondent.

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