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Cosatu opposes R2-million land deal

By Russel Molefe | Apr 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Limpopo has criticised the "meagre" payment of just more than R2-million to the Molekana clan for land dispossessed from them and on which Anglo Platinum has a mining operation outside Mokopane in Limpopo.

Cosatu provincial secretary Dan Sebabi yesterday described the settlement as "daylight robbery" because the clan lost all the rights to the land, including ownership, for a payment totalling R2295300, that was shared among 42 households last week. The payment to a further 27 households, who did not register in time, will still be processed.

The clan was removed from its land without compensation between 1969 and 1970 by the apartheid regime after the discovery of minerals in the area. The clan later lodged a land claim in accordance with the Restitution of Land Rights Act.

The department of rural development and land reform, through the land restitution programme, paid the clan the more than R2-million last week.

Molekana land claims committee chairman Leseja Tjatji earlier told Sowetan they opted for cash to avoid infighting in the clan over the possible payment of rent for the land from Anglo Platinum.

Waterberg district municipality mayor Rosina Mogotlane praised the move and appealed to the clan to use the money wisely.

But Sebabi yesterday told Sowetan: "What do the clan do with the R2-million, while Anglo Platinum continues to deplete the minerals from the land? They have now lost all the rights to the land and have been driven further into poverty."

Sebabi believed the community should have been advised by the department to have opted for shares and other social and economic benefits from Anglo Platinum.

"This raises the question of compliance with BEE. If the community who owns the land is not a beneficiary of BEE, who then is? You might find that some politicians are BEE partners," Sebabi said.

Limpopo rural development and land reform spokesman Motlatsi Lebea was unable to provide details of the land settlement agreement.

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2 million only tjesses COSATU must intervene

Apr 30, 2012 7:13 | 0 replies

Sell out chief , immoral government deployee would most likely be part of this mockery here, (2 meter ?) yesses!

Apr 30, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

I agree with Cosatu on this one, its an insult to that community, I so wish that Cosatu wld start a labour party

Apr 30, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

Dandan

Oh blow it out your backside.
How does a snot nosed little git like you think that you are so much better than the vil1age elders and that you must treat them like brain damaged children who have to do what you tell them to?

YOU want them to get shares. THEY don't want shares. Now where do you get the audacity to think you are suddenly Voster and have some kind of 'right' to force them to do your bidding?.

Apr 30, 2012 12:21 | 0 replies

Its called day light robery what Anglo are doing. They are reaping millions of Rands, evade tax and leave the poor families, who are the real land owners with an empty bowl. Why not get shares, and get the same amount every year, than just get the same amount just ONCE! The only country so far that has a sound policy in terms of mining is Botswana, where mining companies would share spoils on a 50-50 basis, hence it is the country with the largest foreign currency reserves in Africa, surpassing Africa's largest economy, South Africa! African resources for the west to continue plundering?

Apr 30, 2012 12:41 | 0 replies

Mkanya
Its called day light robery what Anglo are doing. They are reaping millions of Rands, evade tax and leave the poor families, who are the real land owners with an empty bowl. Why not get shares, and get the same amount every year, than just get the same amount just ONCE! The only country so far that has a sound policy in terms of mining is Botswana, where mining companies would share spoils on a 50-50 basis, hence it is the country with the largest foreign currency reserves in Africa, surpassing Africa's largest economy, South Africa! African resources for the west to continue plundering?
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I agree. The resources of the country should benefit the people of the country. S.A. has been used as a cash cow by foreign companies for many years and this should not continue. Shares are a much better deal than cash.

Apr 30, 2012 12:53 | 0 replies

Mkanya
Senganga247


thats where Malema should prove to us that he is a champion ofthe poor it is happening right in his backyard otherwise he is lying to us for his personal ambitions , all his friends Shibambu, Magaqa, Mathale etc here is a scenario prove to us that you are persecuted

Apr 30, 2012 1:38 | 0 replies

MommaC
YOU want them to get shares. THEY don't want shares. Now where do you get the audacity to think you are suddenly Voster and have some kind of 'right' to force them to do your bidding?.
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because Im proud b.lack and well educated , I can differentiate between current assets and fixed assets

Apr 30, 2012 1:52 | 0 replies

Dandan

..... and they are just ignorant sub species who will never be any better than 'hewers of wood' so they should bow to you in all things?

Apr 30, 2012 1:57 | 0 replies

MommaC
Dandan

..... and they are just ignorant sub species who will never be any better than 'hewers of wood' so they should bow to you in all things?
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I see you being the ignorant,silly,stupid fool than them thinking that this community cannt be turned their lives around for better starting with current generation, domkop

Apr 30, 2012 2:3 | 0 replies

Dandan

No. You are being a fool because you are the one who has no respect for them. You are acting just like the apartheid government. You are treating adults like brain damaged children who should not be allowed to b*y or sell land.

You don't know the full details of what they got in return for the leasing of their land so how can you now call a whole group of people stupid?

Apr 30, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies