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Black farmers' plea for help

By unknown | Mar 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Black farmers in a region of North West have sent an SOS to the provincial government to help them "stop whites from stealing" their livestock.

The farmers, of Gamotlatla near Swartruggens, want the provincial authorities to intervene because they claim their local chief had failed them.

At a meeting last week villagers called on the North West government to take drastic steps, otherwise they would lose their land and cattle to white farmers.

They accused kgosigadi Mmadibone Serobatse of having hired out their grazing land to white farmers without consulting with them.

They also accused her of having embezzled funds allocated for the village's development.

North West Traditional Affairs spokesman Lloyd Moloto referred Sowetan to the district coordinator for the Phokeng region.

A spokesman, Russel Mamabolo, said the provincial office would investigate the matter.


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