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Farmer threatened over family's eviction

By unknown | Oct 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Landless People's Movement has threatened to eject a farmer from his farm unless he allows a farm dweller and her family back on the farm.

The Slytelspoort farmer in Dannhauser in northern KwaZulu- Natal, Johan Bezuidenhout, is accused of illegally evicting Lizzy Nkosi and her family of seven after her farmworker husband died.

Nkosi claims her husband was born and lived on the farm his entire life.

Landless movement (LPM) held a series of protests and sit-ins at the Newcastle Land Affairs offices since the eviction.

Two weeks ago, a protest turned ugly when demonstrators and police clashed. Sixteen people were arrested and five others seriously injured.

The sixteen appeared in court and were released on warning. Yesterday they appeared again and their case was postponed to October 23.

LPM's Sipho Khumalo said they will take their cause to the highest level.

"We will meet Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, provincial Agriculture and Environment Affairs MEC, and demand that he intervenes.

"Mthimkhulu can't keep quiet about these matters. Landless people are still victimised just like in the past," Khumalo said.

He said Mthimkhulu must help Nkosi to be back on the farm by 15 November or "all the landless people in the province will join forces and take over the farm".


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