Kalkfontein fraud case delayed as lawyers verify 'true ownership' of land

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  • The ownership of the land in Polokwane, which is at the centre of fraud allegationsis under scrutiny in the Seshego Regional Court.
  • The court case has been postponed to verify who the true owner of the land is.
  • The matter dates back to 1996 when six clans, known as the Maboi 6, jointly lodged a claim under the Land Restitution Act for the entire farm Kalkfontein.

The ownership of Limpopo land at the centre of fraud allegations was recently thrust into the spotlight when 11 people arrested in connection with the allegations appeared in the Seshego Regional Court.

The 11 people, including senior members of the Mojapelo tribal authority who made ancestral claims to the land, were arrested in August 2020 and face charges of fraud.

It is alleged that they sold sites on Portion 41 of Kalkfontein farm in Dalmada, outside Polokwane, to unsuspecting members of the public for amounts that ranged from R4 000 to R120 000 since 2015.

Blue Dot (Pty) Ltd owns the land. But in court this week, the ownership of the land came under scrutiny when the defence asked Magistrate MH van der Walt for a postponement so that they could verify the "true ownership" of the land.

The defence will consult with the National Prosecuting Authority about the matter.

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The State, represented by prosecutor Mashudu Mudau, pointed out that all relevant documents, including those that show the ownership of the land, had been shared with the defence.

But the magistrate postponed the matter to 14 May 2021 anyway, so that the defence could return with all other documents.

The matter dates back to 1996 when six clans, known as the Maboi 6, jointly lodged a land claim under the Land Restitution Act for the entire farm Kalkfontein, which was agricultural land then. However, the claim was never settled because of subsequent fierce disputes among the clans.

The Mojapelo clan, which was part of the Maboi 6, later claimed Portion 41 of the farm as their "own" and it was renamed Morena Seaka.

The so-called Morena Seaka Home Owners' Association, led by a senior member of the Mojapelo clan, Ngwanamaredi Franscinah Sebati, was formed, and residential sites were demarcated and sold to members of the public.

Sebati was arrested, together with lawyer Maditaboga Motimele, Botany Mojapelo, Nelson Tsebe, William Maphanga and Charles Mojapelo.

Five more people, Willie Mojapelo, Esther Mojapelo, Kwena Hlaka, Mabel Mojapelo and Mary Rankweteke, were also later arrested.

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