ConCourt to rule on Mala Mala claim

2013-02-06 13:11

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court is expected to rule on a land claim against the Mala Mala private game reserve in Limpopo, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Tuesday the court had to decide whether the park's approximately 13 000ha should be returned to a local community, or whether the government's offer to the owners of approximately R460m for the reserve and its improvements was fair.

The R460m comprises R395m for the land, at R30 000/ha, and R66m for the improvements, which includes all buildings in the park.

The claimants are the Mhlanganisweni community. The owners, four companies controlled mainly by Michael Rattray and his family, were not disputing the claim's validity.

However, the community had said it did not want the compensation, but the land back.

The owners said the government's offer of R30 000/ha was unfairly low and that R70 000/ha was the correct market value.

The Land Claims Court earlier found the government would not be able to pay the reserve's owners their asking price.

It ruled the claimants should receive monetary compensation rather than have the land returned.

The land claimants appealed to Mogoeng against this order.

Mogoeng on Tuesday ordered all parties to appear in the Constitutional Court to submit oral petitions for the court to make a final ruling on whether the claimants should get the money or the land.

There was no indication of when the court would make its ruling.

  • stanley.mabunda.5 - 2013-02-06 13:39

    30 000/ha too much expropriate without compensation,who sold the land...

      Strikeback - 2013-02-06 14:00

      Stanley. Land can not be expropriated without compensation. This is a risky way of doing things. In politics, you can be sold for a good bottle of whine, and if you dumb, a cigarette will do. If land is expropriated willy nilly, it will be lost the same way later. If the government cannot pay for the specific land, I am sure they can find suitable land near Mala Mala that can be bought for less and given to the people who has claimed the land, if the claim is valid. Mala Mala is a highly developed game reserve now and will not end up in the hands of the people who was moved from the land, but would much rather become a breakaway spot from Nkandla's main mansion. Think before you talk - it only hurts a little in the beginning

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-02-06 15:00

      without compensation. whoever bought that land bought stolen goods and therefore is a thief. the gov should rather attach those assets and kry klaar. the community can then lease the business out to whoever "owned" it so they can generate income. win win - else kick them out like they were kicked out

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-06 21:39

      You one of Robert's goons from Zimbabwe Stanley.........

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-06 13:52

    sniff sniff, what are they going to do with the land, surely not something with an economical value attached to it. I want soweto, my great grandparents were part of the gold rush.

      silenta.solly - 2013-02-06 14:21

      I like the fact that you are dumb enough to know they're not gona do anything of economic value with the land.....brilliant sangoma you are.... well then go claim your share of soweto

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-06 14:37

      Solly you must be the clever one in your family

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-06 14:40

      Solly you must be the clever one in your family.

  • yaya188 - 2013-02-06 14:28

    See who the judge is? Well that old sadist will milk this for all its worth. If they have to give the land back, it will be fallow and usless in a year. Stuipd fools, take the money, its a generous offer.

  • brian.connell.18 - 2013-02-06 14:35

    Legalised (?) poaching will commence ...... Welcome to Africa! Wait until it is fully developed, internationally famous, worth a fortune, then claim it!

  • DavidBanner - 2013-02-06 15:18

    Only 66 million for the improvements. Yet compound Nkandla's improvements cost the tax payer over 200 million.

  • Rustic - 2013-02-06 17:24

    What is worth more, 2 Nkhandlas, or Mala Mala. Only Zuma and his head-wife thinks Nkhandla has any value. I guess Mala Mala will end up worse if the local people take it over - no more game, stripped buildings and felled trees - unless they continue running it as a game lodge, with a strong management team. Otherwise it would be plain wrong in my opinion.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-02-06 19:16

    If that land is handed over, government will lose all the tax revenue that emanates from mala mala as well as the tourist revenues. I wonder if government has thought of that?

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