Interdict against land grabbers at Mtubatuba

2012-03-05 00:00

ILLEGAL land grabbers at Mtubatuba have illegally sold plots of private land for R500 plus an “administration fee” of R160, it is alleged in papers before the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Last week a number of vehicles allegedly moved onto the land and building materials and other equipment were being offloaded.

Mtubatuba landowner Neil Jorgensen, who owns N & B Estates and Bonmuir Estates CC , obtained an urgent interim interdict on Friday against two of the alleged invaders — Fani Bhekinkosi Ndwandwe and M.P. Mthethwa.

Police have been instructed to remove anyone from the land who does not have permission to be there pending finalisation of the matter. The return date for the interdict is April 3.

In an affidavit, Jorgensen says the two properties currently lie fallow after he was forced to leave for his own safety after several violent robberies. He said the properties, between the N2 on the west and kwaMsane township on the east cannot be farmed, as livestock is stolen and slaughtered and crops destroyed.

Jorgensen said he first noticed on February 8 that plots had been marked out on the land and roads laid out.

He immediately approached Mtubatuba police, but since no one was on the land at the time nothing was done.

On Sunday February 12, a “large gathering of people” took place on the land. He again went to the police but was told to obtain a court order before police would act.

He said no land restitution claim has ever been lodged over the land.

Jorgensen said he arranged for an anonymous informant to masquerade as a person looking for a plot to buy.

This ruse led him to Ndwandwe who “sold” a plot to the informer for R500, plus a fee of R160.

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