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Government is out of touch

23 May 2016, 15:32  - Joyce.Jagaroo

I READ with amazement of farmer Andrew Wartnaby’s plight to evict illegal refugees on his Killarney Valley farm (The Witness, May 13.)

Having reached out in the spirit of ubuntu, he watched in fear as this haven was taken illegally by the refugees.

Then, being told by government officials that he is the culprit, for contravening land-usage bylaws as the farm is zoned agricultural, indicates a government out of reach, and out of touch with reality.

And here lies the crux of the matter: that sick little word “zone”.

My residential house and land, situated in Cramond under the Umswhathi Municipality, has been zoned exactly the same as above, according to Eskom, meaning that I (and others in Cramond) are criminals, having broken land-usage bylaws, in my case for 10 years.

Therefore, Umswhathi Municipality should charge us, throw us off our property, or do whatever the norm is in such an offence.

Nedbank should also investigate how it was duped into awarding a bond for agricultural farmland, when it should have been for a residential property.

If Eskom is correct, we stand to lose everything.

If not, they must rectify our “agricultural farmland electricity tariff”.

Rather than going away, I am going for broke.

Regarding the Killarney farm, a dangerous precedent has been set, but surely justice (and sanity), will prevail.

Anything less is unthinkable.



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