The subject of land reform is a sensitive topic in present-day South Africa.
A court battle is looming over a multi-million rand land restitution claim said to be the biggest in the Western Cape. This is a claim estimated at R360 million which includes 1900 hectares of state-owned land.
Xolani Koyana, EWN reporter, explains that the issue dates as far back as 2014 when the community of Ebenhaeser situated approximately 40km from Vredendal reached an agreement with the Land Reform Department to return to land forcibly taken from it and their relatives in the late 90s.
Koyana reports that twenty-two farmers are opposing the claim which in turn is preventing the matter being settled.
He adds that nine other people who are occupants of the contested portions of land have agreed to sell.
The twenty-two opposing the claim are saying the community of Ebenhaeser do not possess rights to the land.— Xolani Koyana, EWN reporter
Koyana says residents of Ebenhaeser, through a trust, took control of some farms last year but some claimants have complained they haven’t received enough support from government .
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This article first appeared on 702 : R360 million worth of land contested in the Western Cape