Final order to remove invaders granted

2015-10-14 11:47
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Pietermaritzburg - The high court granted a final order for the removal of a group of land invaders with EFF links from Bell Park farm in Winterton.

Three representatives of the group appeared in person when the case came before Judge Isaac Madondo.

Two wore red EFF T-shirts.

They confirmed in reply to the judge’s questions that they had decided to “relocate” to the farm after becoming impatient that their claim for the land was not progressing.

According to a document in the court record, the claimants allege they lodged a claim in 1992, which has still not been finalised.

“This is why we decided to relocate ourselves to this land without permission, because we want our claim to be heard,” they stated.

Judge Madondo explained to the trio that they had to follow the legal process if they hoped to repossess the land, and that their occupation of the farm was unlawful.

He granted a final order for their removal from the land.

An interim court order was first obtained by the owners of the farm, Little Swift Investments 62 (Pty) Ltd, against Khumbulani Langa, the Uthukela regional co-ordinator of the EFF, Nathi Sithole, cited as a representative of the EFF, Lucky Mthethwa and the EFF political party itself.

A neighbouring farmer, John Killen, alleged in an affidavit that Langa, Sithole and Mthethwa were the prime movers behind the land invasion that took place in May.

Killen said he first noticed a number of people, dressed in red EFF clothing, who had moved onto the farm on the afternoon of May 10.

They pitched tents, and began planting and erecting poles on the farm

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