Land rights activists in court

2012-12-06 12:02

Cape Town - Four land rights activists appeared in court after being arrested during farmworker protests in the Western Cape, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

Mercia Andrews, Denia Jansen, Margaret Visser and Riaan Willemse, of the Mawubye Land Rights Forum, faced charges of incitement, intimidation and participating in an illegal gathering, after their arrest on Tuesday.

They appeared in the Ashton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where they were released and their case postponed to January 21.

Andrews told the newspaper that no intimidation was used to encourage others to join a march they were participating in.

She said about 450 marchers gathered peacefully and were moving from farm to farm in the region, "inviting" others to join them.

They were making their way to a large packing store in the Koo Region near Montagu when their police escort apparently stopped them.

"When police tried to herd them back down the road, verbal insults were directed by the marchers at the police - as any person would do so when treated like this."

When the four accused approached the police and threatened to call the media, they were apparently escorted to a police van.

  • werner.werner.7 - 2012-12-06 12:34

    Land rights activists? Can they not buy land? What are they fighting for, which rights? The right to steal land, I'm sure

      gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-06 13:35

      Waves his LEGALLY paid and obtained title deeds at silenta. Not like a lot of your lot. What was stolen?Show some knowledge of the law.

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-06 14:20

      Who did you buy the land from? huh?

      clive.prince.14 - 2012-12-06 14:35

      @ Silenta,well how far back in history would you like to go ? 100 200 500 years ?

  • Judy - 2012-12-06 13:10

    Pity the other loud mouthed lot werent taken away too... Especially the idiot Ehrenreich with his stupid comments.....

  • clive.prince.14 - 2012-12-06 13:57

    Really!!- Are these people landless or farmless ?.It appears that they are only keen to "claim developed land " ie fully functional farms.Why ? to farm people of course on poverty plots and collect rent from them.Doing real work would not suit them at all."I do not know what I want but I do not want the white man to have it" !.

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2012-12-06 15:50

    Yes and so the saga will continue. If I can't have, you who have paid and worked for this, will have to give it to me, because I deserve this after the struggle I lived through. "Hand over, or we kill you"!! Come to think of it, don't even ask, just kill and then take!!

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