Land grab threat by Bakgaga
LIMPOPO'S Bakgaga-ba-Maupa community has accused the provincial land claims commission of dragging its feet in processing their land claims to protect the interests of high -ranking ANC members.
The Bakgaga-ba-Maupa community in Tzaneen submitted its first claim in 1995, a second claim in 1998 and a third a year later, community spokesman Justin Mafa said.
According to Mafa the claim covers about 214 farms situated between GaDikgale, outside Polokwane, and GaMashishimale in Phalaborwa, which add up to thousands of hectares.
He said business activities were taking place on the farms such as mining, farming and other commercial activities, while the claimants were suffering.
Mafa alleged that the delays were being caused because of the fact that some high-ranking ANC members, such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Mathews Phosa and Tito Mboweni were shareholders or owners of some of the businesses on the farms.
"All these leaders are raking in millions of rands at the expense of our people," said Mafa.
As a last resort they have written to Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Mafa said.
"We received an e-mail from the minister's office in April acknowledging receipt, but we are still waiting for an intervention," he said.
"Our people are losing patience and will soon resort to land grabs. Unless the minister intervenes we will be left with no option but to mobilise people to disrupt all agricultural and mining activities on the farms," threatened an angry Mafa.
The Land Claims Commission, attributes the delay to the community submitting extra farms from the initial claim.- email@example.com