Ballito farm owners to lay charges against EFF

2015-04-13 12:01
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GALLERY: EFF stages land grab in Ballito

A group of EFF members have staged an ongoing land grab on prime real estate in Ballito. See all the pictures here.

Durban - The owners of a Ballito farm will lay criminal charges against an EFF brigade that tried to stage a land invasion on Sunday.

A group of men stormed onto the farm which borders the N2 freeway on the outskirts of Ballito, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most sought after pieces of seaside real estate.

Ian Deetlefs, who represents the owners of the farm, said the land invaders had vacated the hilltop where they had spent the night.

“It is a very simple thing from our side and while we may be sympathetic about their cause that they have no land to build on, we will take whatever legal steps that are needed to protect our interests in the real estate,” he said.

“Very simply we will be laying a charge of trespassing and then it is over to the police to do what they are legally required to do.”

‘Politicking’

Deetlefs said that their legal team would be approaching the courts on Monday to interdict the land invaders from returning.

“Once we have the interdict that will be the end of our involvement. Before the day is out we would have erected signs to warn people off and we will be employing a security contingent. This is more about politicking than the piece of land and we want no involvement in that,” he said.

Deetlefs said that one “rudimentary” shack that had been constructed had already been pulled down.

“There is a group of about 70 of them waiting on the boundary of the farm and the police are monitoring the situation here.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters are scheduled to hold a media conference in Durban later on Monday to discuss their plans to occupy land across the province.

Occupation plans

EFF KwaZulu-Natal co-ordinator Vukani Ndlovu said on Sunday that his members would not be moved from the land.

“This land grab is part of our provincial programme to claim land for our members. This is not only happening in Ballito but all over the province.

“Our members from that area do not have places to build so we encouraged them to look for land and go occupy and start to build their homes. They are going to erect their houses and once they have been there for 48 hours they cannot legally be removed. If the government wants to remove them they must go and accommodate them somewhere else,” Ndlovu said.

“If they even try to move us we will meet them in court,” he added.

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