“Red ons plaas” Avondrus, Wes-Kaap

Hierdie aangeleentheid kom ‘n geruime tyd aan die gang.  Regering “koop” plase op, naas produktiewe plase.  Dis die regering se hele doelwit, om produktiewe plase te laat verwaarloos met geen voedselsekerheid nie.   Indien die gedeeltes wat opgekoop is, dan vir “plakker” (besetting) doeleindes gebruik kan word, is dit net nog ‘n manier van inkomste inbring vir die regering en hul makkers, veral op regsvlak.

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Hierdie plaas, Avondrus,  is maar een van vele- daar is baie ander, wat miljoene rande uitgawes beloop om herhaaldelik “ontslae” te raak van die “plakkers” (besetters).   Hoe meer daar betaal word, hoe groter is die instromingsbeheer.   Hoe meer verwyder word, hoe groter word daar beset – om te steel – en misdaad is nie net tot die aangrensende plase nie, maar ook in die dorpsgebiede en stede.

Dus as ‘n besigheid strukture moet verwyder is dit ekstra inkomstes sowel 15% VAT vir die “besigheid”.   Werk uit hoeveel 15% VAT is al ingevorder – en wie se materiaal word gebruik (gesteel) om herhaaldelik te kom beset.

Hierdie boer, die eienaar,  was voorheen erg gesteek op die plaas en het oorleef maar was vir meer as 3 weke in ICU (mediese kostes destyds en daarna het waarskynlik ook miljoene beloop).

Hierdie plaaseienaars, het selfs “hulp” verleen om ander kleiner “boere” te mentor – en sover kon vasgestel word, een is uit almal “suksesvol”.  Die res het of opgepak of eenvoudig nie aangegaan om te boer nie.

Hoe gerieflik word ons boere se kennis ingespan om “mentors” te wees, maar word dan geskiet en aangerand en verder moet die gemeenskap rondom bydraes betaal om van die “besetters” ontslae te raak omdat die eienaar nie finansies het nie.  Dit wat net al meer word, en nie minder nie.

Regsonkostes en eie sekuriteit beloop miljoene rande.  Ongelukkig ‘n bose kringloop en weer eens word misdaad en sekuriteit/versekering/ mediese onkostes ‘n groot inkomste vir regering en hul makkers (kommuniste) – onthou gerus, baie lyk soos ons, maar hulle is nie deel van ons nie.

Daar is heelwat skades op die plaas, weens alle produkte word gestroop en so word boere verwilder van hul plekke om nie te boer nie.    Sulke toestande maak dit onmoontlik om te boer en voedsel te voorsien.   Wagte wat enorme bedrae beloop is “aangestel” om alles te monitor en te verdedig.  Hul plaaswerkers is al by meer as een geleentheid aangeval en hul huise gebom.
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Farmers at Avondrust Farm, on the urban edge of Kraaifontein, have told the provincial government they are at the mercy of land invaders.

Avondrust owner Alfred Borcherds said his farm was invaded by a group of people in September. Borcherds said there had subsequently been instances of shops being looted in Kraaifontein and farm workers’ homes being petrol bombed.

“This took place after the anti-land invasion group broke down some houses and shacks built on our farm adjacent to the land belonging to the municipality,” Borcherds said.

He said farming had become “unbearable and impossible”.

A document compiled in April by the provincial Department of Community Safety explains in detail how farmers in the area are harassed, intimidated and threatened daily.

Drama first unfolded last year when the City of Cape Town applied for an eviction order to have the land invaders removed.

In October, the City’s land invasion unit tore down the illegal structures on the land owned by the City adjacent to Avondrust Farm. The removal of the illegal structures resulted in an attack on the farm workers surrounding Avondrust.

A mob of protesters also moved into the Kraaifontein CBD and a Shoprite was damaged in the protest action, according to the document.

The document also details a number of other facilities close to Avondrust affected by the invasion.

Ronel van Graan, who runs a small homeschool academy next to Avondrust, said the explosion of informal houses had a direct impact on the safety of her family.

“This has a direct effect on my students’ safety on a weekly basis. The pollution is a huge problem and spread over the area,” Van Graan said.

Department spokesperson Cayla Murry said: “Following a complaint received from the Borcherds family, the head of the Department of Community Safety requested an investigation into the mentioned land invasion and is still awaiting the report on the matter. The normal protocol demands that the official tasked with the investigation obtain all relevant information and only once this has been obtained can they draft a report for consideration by the head of department.”

Mayco member for human settlement Malusi Booi said he was aware of the Borcherds’ complaints.

“This was an illegal land invasion on private property. The farm owner obtained an interdict to prevent entering and/or the completion of incomplete structures on their property. The owner, with the help of the office of the sheriff and public order police service and a private security company, cleared their farm from illegally erected incomplete and unoccupied structures.”

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/avondrust-farm-at-the-mercy-of-land-invaders-24268703

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BACKGROUND FROM 2006

When the neighboring farm was sold in 2006 to the government, the City of Cape Town decided to turn that land into the eastern part of Wallacedene Informal Settlement.

This did not seem like much of a problem at first, but this is where our troubles began. The City of Cape Town decided that they would not put a fence up separating the agricultural farmland of Bottelary from the Wallacedene informal settlement. We were forced to abandon parts of farmable land adjacent to Wallacebene informal settlement which led to continuous trespassing on our property.

There was a well maintained, electric fence between us and the Wallacedene informal settlement from 2006 to 2009, but over the following years it was vandalized, and removed by the Wallacedene inhabitants. We were then forced to leave the land adjacent to Wallacedene informal settlement barren because of the rampant theft of harvests if we tried to plant there. A long-term solution from the City of Cape Town that was never realized.

Several black-farming groups who we leased land to and mentored in sustainable farming, abandoned their projects. Only one had some success because he was able to procure an electric fence in his agricultural agreement with the government.

In March of 2018, we had our first experience of illegal-land grabs. About 200 residents started putting up structures next to and on our property adjoining the Wallacedene settlement.

After speaking with Cape Town Anti-Land Invasion Unit, they came to our aid and removed most of the illegal structures. In the following months, some of the residents refused to leave and continually rebuilt new structures.

Now structures were built directly onto our land, and some illegal occupants built animal pens as well. This land is not part of Wallacedene informal settlement but is part of Avondrust Farm which is next to the informal settlement.

In 2014 we had an armed robbery on the farm, which lead to the fatal shooting of a female-Kraaifontein police officer. In 2016 the farm owner was stabbed on the farm and had to spend 3 weeks in ICU. This has put us under great strain but our love for farming and our community drives us on.

We can still farm on the eastern part of the farm that is in the Stellenbosch area, though we have to hire permanent guards, so that our crops are not vandalized or stolen.

The land grabs in 2018 disabled us from using our own farm road, and we were forced to build a new access road to our property at our own cost to ensure we can keep the farm running and delivering produce.

There are no services available on the area the illegal occupants built their structures, except for a couple of toilets which were illegally placed onto our farm road by The City Council. Some of their waste is thrown into our irrigation dam, which is also used by local children to play, posing a significant risk to the health and safety of the illegal occupants.

The need for housing is great amongst the people of South Africa, but this is not the correct way of reaching it. Our beautiful farm has been turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of plastic and waste. People are freely dumping their rubbish bins and human waste into our farm land.

On 2 October 2018 our farm workers houses were attacked by the occupants from the illegal settlement. They were armed with petrol bombs which resulted in one boy being injured and receiving burn wounds to his head. Some houses were destroyed, and some were looted. We had to hire our own security at great expense after that event.

Since then our farm land have experienced an influx of illegal structures, but on Monday the 22 of April 2019 we had a new surge of land grabs on our farm.

About 400 new structures were built on our farm in three days. Since this is private property, City of Cape Town does not feel responsible for removing them this time and told us it is out of their hands.

We then applied for an interdict from the Cape Town High Court at our own expense. It was granted on 23rd of April 2019 stipulating that no structures may be built on our premises and that no trespassers would be allowed. Notices were put up by the local sheriff on 25 April 2019 to inform the occupiers that they are illegal. We have received several threats that they were going to burn down our house, as well as the houses of the employees. The employees were also threatened to supply electricity to the illegal occupiers.

On 26 April 2019 a contractor was payed R160 000 for the removal of the structures. A security company needed to protect our premises during and after the removal operation, which cost R500 000. Due to the happenings on the farm over the past few years, the business has not been doing well, so paying the huge amount of money for the removal was not possible for us. We asked our friends and part of the farming community to make donations so that we were able to begin the removal of the preceding land invasion.

The authorities successfully removed most of the structures on the 26th of April.

Following this removal, the invaders started building on the premises that same night but on a smaller scale. Ignoring the court order. This has not only affected our farm but during the night of the 27th of April 2019 they vandalized and destroyed crops of a neighboring farm.

We were informed on the 28th of April 2019 that we once again must fund the removal of new structures that have been built on our land at a similar cost to the first removal.

The relevant authorities were re-gathered, and another removal operation was successfully initiated. How we will pay for this is a challenge. We are solely relying on donations to keep the influx of illegal occupiers at bay.

Generations of our family have farmed the land and the current situation is putting the farm and the community it serves in great danger.

If we must leave our farm and give up our fight due to the financial implication of this, it will lead to them occupying the entire farm in a matter of weeks. The neighboring farms will soon be put into a similar predicament we are in now and inevitably suffer the same fate.

The farms in the Bottelary region forms an important piece of the Stellenbosch farming community and holds great historical significance to all South Africans. It would be a great shame to see this beautiful and pristine part of the province turned into another political battleground.

Protecting our property cost us R1million to this point and another R500 000 will be needed for the operations on the 29th of April 2019.

We will keep trying everything we can to resolve this problem before it becomes too late, but we are asking for help from anyone who can contribute to our cause.

We have already incurred the majority of the costs, but we have not been able to pay the invoices.

We have set-up a new bank account in the name of the campaign. The funds will be used to cover the costs of
– lawyers
– private security companies
– demolition and removal companies
– plant hire companies

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“Empty” farms and areas within cities will and will become more and more occupied, specific for squatters, mostly from other countries as well.   They all are “invaders”.   South Africa currently sits with several millions of African immigrants who have walked over the borders since 1994 – mostly illegals.

Women who was “raped” or just get pregnant somewhere along the way simply download their babies for free in South Africa – our hospitals are free to use – some will stay here or leave the child here behind, which then has to be “cared for” by our social services.    Illegals with newly born ones, will easily get “citizenship” without any problems.

Taking into account that there are still 30 million plus ethnic peoples in the old Homelands (different blacks and coloureds / brown / khoi san, etc).   Some of the same ethnic groups still have a second or third property in town or town for work purposes.

In fact, homelands did not stop in 1994 – they have only undergone a name change to trustland areas with own legislation.   For example – Ingonyama Trustland is only the the Zulu people.   They are also a minority black group, like the Pedi, Xhosa and others like Khoi San and Grieqwas.

Land claims were added after 1994 and are still distributed free of charge, some of which have been purchased and registered under municipal legislation (CPA).   (Communal lands).   Thousands of CPAs have been registered since 1994 in terms of Hansards of Parliament.   Most ethnic people have gained land this way and are not at all “landless” as the government and all the political parties have expressed themselves to “expropriate all white properties”.   Government mostly bought the lands and then gave it away to certain groups of peoples when they put their claims in.   Nevermind if it is possibly a second property.  It is a good question how many “illegals” stay on such cpa properties – nobody will know that.

All this (Trustlands and CPAs) amounts to millions of hectares of land that do not belong to any white person in this country.    We as white person do not have any rights on their lands.

As far as can be found in Hansards, each CPA gets a package of (financial) funding, which includes other assets, tractors, implements, seeds and even animals that were handed over since 1994 – some never used a tractor at all.

Prior to 1994, no white person (Afrikaner or boer) was compensated to obtain free land or else.

Just think for a moment – if the whole situation could have been changed, every white farmer who had received a free piece of land in our own areas (we did not have), with financial assistance,  plus extras like animals (such as cattle, goats, poultry, or even seed) will make a great success of that in our own areas.

Again – today as in 2019,  it is a sad situation –  the Codesa “leaders” of 1994 and even after that, made statements and lied about the separate areas and homelands.   Nothing has been changed, only a name and a lot of hate crime against the white minority group of peoples in South Africa.  Hate crime is ongoing.  Farmers and whites have been killed.

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Plase en gebiede binne stede,  wat “leeg” voorkom, of effe oorgroeid en verwaarloos,  sal en gaan al meer en meer beset word.

Suid-Afrika sit tans met etlike miljoene immigrante uit Afrika wat land-in stroom al sedert 1994.   Vrouens wat êrens langs die pad “verkrag” of eenvoudig swanger geraak word, laai hul baba’s eenvoudig in Suid-Afrika gratis af – hulle bly dus hier of los die kind hier, wat dan weer deur ons maatskaplike dienste “versorg” moet word.     Die swak mediese dienste is gratis beskikbaar vir die hele Afrika wat hier woon.   Hulle gebruik ons skole en kry selfs toelaes (sassa).

Hierdie vreemdelinge verkry maklik dus “burgerskap” sonder enige probleme.   As in aanmerking geneem word, dat daar steeds 30 miljoen plus etniese volke in die ou Tuislande bly, is daar steeds van dieselfde etniese volksgroepe ‘n tweede of derde eiendom in stad of dorp het vir werkdoeleindes.

Daar is inderwaarheid nooit afstand gedoen van tuislande nie, wat net ‘n naams verandering ondergaan het na Trustgebiede en eie wetgewings.

Grondeise is na 1994 bygevoeg en word steeds gratis uitgedeel, waarvan sommige grondgebiede opgekoop is en onder kommunale wetgewing (CPA) geregistreer word.  Duisende CPA’s is sedert 1994 geregistreer – dus, hordes bruin en swartes het so grond bekom en is hoegenaamd nie “grondloos” soos wat deur die regering en al die politieke partye te kenne wil gee nie.  Dit beloop miljoene hektaar grond.   Al is dit slegs lewensreg of kommunale grondgebiede, besit blankes nie hierdie gebiede nie.

Blankes het geen reg tot hierdie gebiede nie en ook ‘n gebied van hul eie soos “tuisland” nie.   Ons wil ook ons eie regering daarstel in gebiede wat aan ons behoort.   Onafhanklik.

Sover vasgestel kan word in Hansards, kry elke kommunale gebied ‘n pakket van befondsings, wat ander bates ook insluit, trekkers, implemente, saad en selfs diere wat oorhandig word.

Voor 1994 is niemand van die blankes vergoed om gratis grond te bekom nie.  Ons moes alles ten duurste aankoop en landbanklenings aangaan.  Dorpshuise is ook nie uitgedeel nie.

Indien die hele situasie omgeskakel kon geword het, sou elke blanke boer wat so ‘n gratis stuk grond ontvang het in ons eie gebiede , met finansiële bystand, die nodige diere (soos beeste, bokke, pluimvee en selfs saad) ‘n baie groot sukses gemaak het van ons eie gebiede.

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