Long burial wait over land claim

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

Limpopo's Progressive Women's Movement (LPWM) yesterday called on the state to finalise land claims and ensure that women and children were not left vulnerable.

The movement's appeal follows reports that a grandmother, Mokumela Tshivhula, has not been buried for almost three months because of a land dispute.

Rosina Semenya, convener of the LPWM, said the organisation had asked the authorities dealing with land claims to ensure that there was no further delay in burying the old lady.

Semenya, who is also the provincial chairman of the ANC Women's League, said the Tshivhula case proved that, because of of the large number of unresolved land claims, many women and children continued to suffer.

Tshivhula died on January27, but has not been buried because of a legal dispute.

The Tshivhula family want to bury her on a farm in Waterpoort, near Makhado, formerly Louis Trichardt, where it is claimed she had lived since the 1930s. They argued in court papers that 13 of their relatives are buried on the farm.

But the farm's owners have refused permission for the burial.

Semenya said yesterday that, though the LPWM wanted Tshivhula to be buried, they also wanted the state to finalise land claim disputes.