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Land claims to increase

Author: Vusi Mthalane

THE number of land claims in Ugu District is set to increase after the Commission for Land Rights Restitution announced it will be in Port Shepstone from 16 to 18 September taking new submissions. 

A total of 359 land claims have been recorded in Ugu District since the new land claims lodgement period opened in July 2014. 

One of the most prominent cases in the past few years has been that between Mavundla Tribal Authority against Lion Valley Farm outside Gamalakhe, owned by Len Pienaar. 

After the court ruled in Pienaar­’s favour in 2010, he has had several run-ins with the neighbouring community, which culminated in his farm being burnt in 2014 causing millions of rands in damage. 

Speaking on behalf of the tribal authority at the time, Jimmy Mnguni said the community knows nothing about the fire. He confirmed however, that they had submitted claims for 161 farms, including the land next to the Margate airport. 

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