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Baphiring clan go home after 40 years

Author: Zelda Venter

More than 40 years after being evicted from their land and 17 years of court battles, the Baphiring community – with the help of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) – is returning to their home in North West.

The community, made up of more than 400 families, lived on the land near Koster for years before buying nearly 8 000ha of farming land in the late 1880s when they realised they might lose it because of apartheid policies. The land is known to the community as Old Mabaalstad. They were successful subsistence farmers and sold their surplus on the local market.

This case sets a precedent of how communities should be settled on land restored to them through restitution.

 

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