Land deed dispute headed for court
Author: LINDA ENSOR
THE RICHTERSVELD community on the West Coast plans to take state-owned diamond mine Alexkor to the Land Claims Court for its failure to comply with the terms of their deed of settlement.
The community, through their legal representative Duncan Korabie, rejected the view presented by Alexkor’s executives to Parliament’s public enterprises committee last week about their dispute.
The executives, including chairwoman Hantsi Matseke, acting CEO Vimal Bansi and nonexecutive director Roger Paul, told MPs that the company had been unable to pay the community the R45m due to them for the use of their land and properties, as well as its share of the dividends generated by Alexkor’s mining operation.
They said this was because the community was wracked by conflicts and had no legally constituted and representative body to which the payments could be made.
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