A GROUP of concerned beneficiaries from the Zwelabantu Dube Communal Property Association called for intervention from government during a land claims meeting held at Thembeni on Sunday, July 30.
The land claims issue, particularly with the Dube community, has been dragging on for some time and there have been a number of meetings involving the community, the current land owners and business people who are leasing the land.
The said land stretches from Blythedale all the way up to Umhlali along the North Coast and is worth hundreds of millions of rands.
The Land for Africans Group led mainly by the youth of the Dube clan through its spokesperson Thobani Mbambo stated that there is a group of people which include prominent business people who want to “rob and exploit this community off the land that is rightfully theirs”.
“We want the land to be returned to its rightful owners that is why we want the government to intervene on the matter as the people of this community don’t benefit from the redistribution of their land,” said Mbambo.
The KwaDube Trust is tasked with the redistribution of the land and is led by the chief of the clan. However, it has only acquired a small portion of the land of which a large amount is still privately owned.
The CPA a has also come under fire for allegedly colluding with well-known businessman Patrick Sokhela in maladministration of the land issue, as there have been several projects that have taken place which have not benefitted the people.
“What angers the community is that they are being offered only a portion of what is due to them, and this is considered by the community as daylight robbery.
“We re-iterate the call for the national Minister of Land Affairs Gugile Nkwinti to conduct a full on investigation regarding the issuing of money so that the truth comes out about this land because as the youth we are unhappy about this land issue,” added Mbambo.