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Mpumalanga municipality in legal battle to reclaim ‘illegally occupied’ portions of farm land

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A board erected by the Thembisile Hani Native Municipality on its land close to Zakheni Village in Mpumalanga, as a part of its efforts to clamp down on alleged unlawful land occupations.

The Thembisile Hani municipality in Mpumalanga says some members of the general public have “illegally occupied” items of its land, together with greater than 5 farm parts, which it’s now reclaiming via authorized motion. 

The municipality has resorted to erecting boards on the land, to be able to alert the general public that it owns the properties.

The municipality’s spokesperson, Simphiwe Mokoka, informed News24 the parts of the farms have been illegally occupied final yr. 

Mokoka stated:

All issues are nonetheless within the courtroom of regulation. These indicators alert the general public that the land isn’t prepared for occupation.

She stated extra particulars can be revealed after the authorized proceedings have been concluded.

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Nevertheless, residents of a brand new unnamed space in Moloto Village need the municipality to allocate stands on one among its empty lands. They stated this was as a result of the municipality beforehand gave stands on land that turned waterlogged each time it rained.

A resident, Jabulani Mbonani, informed News24 he had to make use of a shovel and a bucket to scoop water out of his yard throughout heavy rainfall final month.

“This water takes a number of weeks to dry up after heavy rainfall and my kids can’t play in my yards,” stated Mbonani, who stays in a shack he has erected.

Mokoka stated the municipality would quickly promote stands to members of the general public in KwaMhlanga and Tweefontein Ok.

She refuted claims that the waterlogged land in query was allotted by the municipality.  

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