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By Michael Sakuneka | Mar 12, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

COMMUNITY members of GaKgapane township outside Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo are being sued for R2million for selling stands at the Sihlalangenkani informal settlement.

The lawsuit has been filed by Citi Blox Property Development director Choy Schoeman.

The land in question belongs to the Manyama, Rampedi and Seshweni families. The families say they gave Schoeman the right to develop their land because he had promised that they would benefit once he had developed it.

Schoeman has served a summons on the Sihlalangenkani committee, demanding that they pay his company R1,8million in damages.

He claimed in a letter, which Sowetan has seen, that the committee had forcibly demarcated the land and sold it to the community at low prices.

Things allegedly came to a head when Schoeman, through his Citi Blox, launched a land claim for the farm Mooiplaas, where a proposed township was to be established.

Community spokesperson Simon Rampedi accused him of making contradictory statements and of being "greedy because he now wanted to make money on land that had our families" graves on it. He also claimed that Schoeman had tried to rob the families of their land to enrich himself.

The summons was served on members of the Sihlalangenkani committee last week by the messenger of the Gauteng south high court.

The Sihlalangenkani community slammed Schoeman, saying he had served the summons on the wrong people.

The committee was disbanded after the Greater Letaba municipality had obtained a court order to evict them. They were evicted two weeks after the order was issued.

Schoeman could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.


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