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South Africa: Three Beaufort West Farmers Name for Agriculture Minister and Officers to Be Jailed for Contempt of Court docket

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Three farmers from Beaufort West, who have been beneficiaries of the state’s land redistribution programme, have requested the Western Cape Division of the Excessive Court docket to carry the Minister of Agriculture and a few of her officers in contempt of courtroom for ignoring an order restoring their possession of the land they’ve been farming on since 2017.

Three Beaufort West sheep farmers – left pissed off by land redistribution officers’ alleged failure to adjust to a courtroom order to revive possession of their land – mentioned on Thursday they might ask the courtroom to jail the offending events if they’re discovered responsible of contempt of courtroom.

The farmers, Joshua Bezuidenhout, his brother Herold Bezuidenhout and Jan Bergh have been the beneficiaries of a land restitution deal. After receiving entry to the land, they constructed up an award-winning wool co-op, Nuveld Farming Empowerment Enterprises. Different beneficiaries have been additionally given the chance to farm however they quickly deserted the hassle.

Then, in January and February 2024, the federal government grabbed two farms the corporate had been farming since 2017. Officers reduce their locks and changed them with others. They then gave entry to the land to a number of the beneficiaries who had since walked away.

The three farmers, represented by the Authorized Assets Centre (LRC), then went to courtroom and obtained an order on 4 March 2024 ordering the minister and the officers, in addition to two former beneficiaries who had been positioned on the farms by the division, to revive possession of the land to the Nuveld farmers.

“Regardless of repeated…


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