Already, 37 farmers have sought interdicts after a pamphlet was circulated about possible land invasions by the Black First Land First Movement and several interdicts were sought by private property owners against possible land invasions, as well as by the City against land invaders in Khayelitsha. This as newly sworn-in President Cyril Ramaphosa said land reform was a key pillar of his presidency.
Since 1994 ANC government bought more than 5000 productive farms for “land reform” but nothing happened with them.
Since 1994 the old ethnic peoples still live on their Homelands, but just call the land Trustland. Lanclaims followed and thousands of CPA’s are registered, only for certain groups of people – all separate from each other.
There are 8840 tradisional leaders – in terms of their Constitution and legislation, but not for any white, Afrikaner or Boer is it allowed to have their own lands.
The “leaders” selling it that the blacks are landless, while it is not the case.
Many black Africans feel this way but the South African media would never present their story as these media organisations are now run by BEE and BBBEE recipients
HOW MANY OF THOSE INVASIONS ARE IMMIGRANTS AND ILLEGALS?
Economist Dawie Roodt said the protection of private property rights was at the centre of the rush to the courts. “The concern is over the protection of private property rights. The ANC is socialistic and don’t believe in this. The news of land expropriation without compensation has been widely publicised.
“People started to occupy land and the impression was created that it’s no longer wrong to do it. The impression was also created there is original sin that needed to be punished.
“I also have a problem with the police not acting when land invasions take place. It has become a trend and this could escalate into a flood.
“The danger of this action is that it would discourage investment and lead to ethnic and racial conflict. The situation can be remedied through a structured programme and strong leadership at the top to steer the process.”
Agri Western Cape chief executive Jannie Strydom said it was sad that private property owners and farmers had to approach the courts to get orders to protect their properties from illegal invasions.
“We are grateful that the courts grant interdicts in this regard. At this stage we are not panicking because in terms of the present law, it is unlawful to illegally occupy or invade a piece of land. As Agri SA and Western Cape, we don’t believe it necessary to amend the legislation because there are ways to address the issue of land distribution.”
Mayoral member for human settlements Malusi Booi condemned the land invasions.
He also warned that it could negatively impact investment and that harsh actions could be imposed by foreign governments should the farms of their citizens in South Africa not be protected.
On Thursday, two cases were before Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath. In the first, Asla Devco and Asla Construction applied for an interdict to stop people in the Strand from illegally occupying different sites.
The matter was postponed to Tuesday to allow advocate Thulasizwe Twalo to compile answering affidavits on behalf of the respondents and show why they should be allowed to stay on the land in question.
On Thursday, about 50 of those whose structures were razed to the ground several times last month protested outside court and said and they would turn up in great numbers.
They threatened to cause major disruptions should they lose the case.
In the second matter, an interdict was granted in favour of Milnerton Estates against those threatening and or intending, without consent, to enter or occupy the properties known as Sandown and Rivergate.
Brett Gavin Moore, director of Milnerton Estate, in his founding affidavit, said: “The current application has as its purpose the protection of the property through the issue of an order confirming that persons may not unlawfully seek to trespass upon and occupy the property which is currently vacant.
Booi said: “People need to realise that invasions delay the process of them getting houses.”
On Thursday, former Land Party member Loyiso Nkohla, representing those affected by the Strand interdict sought by the City, said they had moved on to the property three months before the election, and had been unlawfully evicted.
He has the heart and hands of a farmer with the mind of an entrepreneur
So Max began leveraging his handyman skills. He was already well known as someone who could fix washing machines, irons, hairdryers and stoves. But he’d also noticed there were many neglected-looking gardens around town. He first poured all his energies into building up his repair business, and with the money he saved, bought a few garden tools.
But here was another problem. He had no transport. How to carry the tools? So he saved up more, bought himself a bicycle and built a cunning little trailer that fitted onto the rear hub. This carried a spade, a fork, a rake, a pair of secateurs. With this, Max became a one-man garden service.
“That was in 2009. I realised I had to stand up myself and do it for myself. No one would give me a job. I had to make my own. That was when I wrote that sign on my trailer. “Staan op. Doen jou self.” (“Get up. Do it yourself.”)
He was a familiar sight in town, cycling to one of 72 gardens with his trailer full of gardening equipment. Eventually he had two trailers, one of which could carry a weed-eater and a lawnmower. He worked flat out, and as an unexpected bonus, he even found a market for these cunning little bicycle trailers he designed, and sold several.
Max customised his Bomber bicycle too. There are holders for the radio and his gardening gloves.
Then in 2013, things began to turn again. An organisation called Snap Shot offered to help anyone interested in farming with access to land. Max was among the first to apply, and was granted access to a few hectares on the edge of town, where he found an old disused sheep shed – a ramstal.
It could not have been more different to the township. This was a place of peace, with sweeping views over the veld. When he wasn’t busy planting vegetables, he poured his energies into converting the old shed into a home for himself and his family.
Once he had some fencing up, he acquired a few animals – three calves and later, two sheep.
“I also tried my hand with goats, but they are nothing but naughty. They always get into places you don’t want them to be. So I sold them.”
He has decided to sell one of the cows and go more into sheep.
“People steal the fencing, and then the cows wander onto the N1. Sheep are easier to control.
“So far, I have three ewes and a ram. One ox went missing, but as soon as I sell the last remaining ox, I’ll be able to buy a few more Dorper sheep. I’m growing lucerne on neighbouring land, and they are doing well on it. At least one of the ewes is pregnant, hopefully with twins.
“On the other field I grow more lucerne, and bale it for winter because conditions are harsh then, and there is no grass.
“I bring them inside the yard at night so they’re safe. My plan is to sell off some of the male lambs (hamels) and carry on from there.”
When they graze in the veld around his house he is either with them (along with his sheepdog Blessie) or watching them with a pair of binoculars.
“I am happy. They are lovely and fat.”
Max is part of a community agricultural scheme as well, and is entrusted with the scheme’s precious tractor.
“There are five hectares on the other side of town that are set aside for this community agri project. But the problem is that the people here submit their ID documents, they come for a few days and skoffel, and then they just vanish. I never see them again. I want to help them farm, I want to get them on their feet, but they are so lazy. It seems they just want money without making any effort.”
He still fixes appliances, still runs his gardening service (now with around 22 clients), and despite the recent drought, managed to produce a decent crop of butternuts, pumpkins and carrots. The spinach turned bitter in the hot sun, but he’s selling that to someone close by with pigs. “They seem to love it.”
He also has a couple of fierce dogs in excellent condition. They have kennels with thick bedding.
“I have Blessie, but also a greyhound called Brino and my brak, Rienie. When they bark at night, it’s usually because someone is trying to steal my pumpkins.”
His next dream? “I’d love to get the title to this land that I have improved here, that I converted from a shed no one wanted to a home with water and electricity. I’d also love to have a bigger piece of land to farm. But one thing at a time.”
MOENIE LIEGSTORIES GLO OOR “APARTHEID” NIE
There are 8840 tradisional leaders in those areas. It is also in Hansards of Parliament. There are millions and millions immigrants living on “state” land – some of those were previously productive farms as well.