Marchers vent frustration

2015-04-30 00:00

DESPITE a no-show by two of the three listed respondents to receive their memorandum on Saturday (25/04), a march organised by the community of Oppermansgronde went ahead as planned.

The march was held from the community hall to the police station, a distance of less than 100 m, so many of the elderly community members – some as old as 92 years – could be accommodated.

Some people travelled from as far afield as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Kimberley to participate in the march.

As reported in Express

last week, the Oppermansgronde community want the current Communal Property Association (CPA) executive removed and a new committee elected. The Oppermansgronde community and their descendants were given about 38 000 ha of land in 2003 following a successful land claim.

The community had initially demanded that Phillip Barnes, the current CPA chairperson, the Rural Development and Land Reform Department (RDLR), as well as the South African Police Service (SAPS), each would have a representative available to receive the memorandum.

“We are very disappointed that despite the department (RDLR) having committed itself in the media to send a representative, no one was here to meet with us. It is very disappointing and disrespectful,” Julian Topkin, spokesperson for the marchers, said.

Topkin said if they did not hear from the RDLR, they would go ahead and choose a new committee and they would not give up until the current committee was removed.

“We want the mistreatment of the community and the mismanagement of finances by the committee to stop.”

Upon receiving the memorandum on behalf of the SAPS, WO Eugene Jacquire, acting visible policing commander of the Koffiefontein Police Station, promised to follow up on the grievances

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