Evicted stuck at showgrounds

2016-07-20 06:00
SOME of the people who were recently evicted from the Sara’s Woning, Klipfontein and Tepelfontein farms and now housed at the Fouriesburg showgrounds. They are from the left Mpho Ramakatane, Malefetsane Mofokeng, Mamoele Ramohloki, Mojabeng Mokoena, Machaya Mofokeng and Puseletso Mokoena. Photos: Tladi Moloi

SOME of the people who were recently evicted from the Sara’s Woning, Klipfontein and Tepelfontein farms and now housed at the Fouriesburg showgrounds. They are from the left Mpho Ramakatane, Malefetsane Mofokeng, Mamoele Ramohloki, Mojabeng Mokoena, Machaya Mofokeng and Puseletso Mokoena. Photos: Tladi Moloi

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FOURIESBURG. – Approximately 53 people have been living in cramped conditions at the Fouriesburg show- grounds for the past month after they had been evicted from three farms in the district. Since arriving here they were only given food on two occasions, they say.

The people were evicted by Red Ant Security from the Sara’s Woning, Klipfontein and Tepelfontein farms on 17 June.

They allegedly resisted the eviction and, according to them, were assaulted by the Red Ants. Retshidisitso Rapita (17) claimed that one of her teeth had been broken during the assault. She said she had laid a charge.

“We were shot at with rubber bullets. Those people came in more than ten lorries and started shooting rubber bullets at us. I ran to my room to hide.

“They broke the door open and in the process my tooth was broken. I was taken to the Phekolong Hospital,” she said.

According to Malefetsane Mofokeng, the previous owner of Sara’s Woning told them in 2012 that he had sold the farm and requested them to look for another place to live.

“After the arrival of the new owners, the sheriff of the court came to the farm and spoke to us about the matter. We had a legal representative who had been appointed by the Department of Land Affairs, but had not been informed what the legal position was.”

Machaya Mofokeng said they had never been served with a final notice.

“The ANC councillors came here and told us they were busy preparing land for us,” he said.

“However, we have heard that the community of Mashaeng said they did not want us in their township. They said they would invade the land if we were to be given sites, because they are still waiting for sites themselves,” he said.

  • Tsheliso Maitse, the communication manager of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, confirmed that the evictees had been housed at the Fouriesburg Showgrounds.

“It is not an ideal place, but at least they have water, electricity and ablution facilities. We are still looking at the serviced land where we would put up temporary structures for them,” he said.

He said they had written a letter to the Department of Justice requesting them to consult the municipality before granting eviction orders.

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