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Chief in huge land claim

Author: Kennedy Mudzuli

He has laid claim to vast tracts of land in the capital – including Mamelodi, Mahube Valley, Silverton, Montana Park, Derdepoort and the entire Pretoria east – but Chief Velaphi Victor Lekhuleni will not take people’s businesses, homes and other amenities.

Should his land claim turn out to be valid and is granted, the Bakgatla Ba Lekhuleni traditional leader wants to only keep undeveloped land, where restitution is possible.

Most important, he will keep a section of the Magaliesberg, between the farms Nooitgedacht and Pienaarspoort.

This undeveloped land is very close to his heart: it is here where the Lekhuleni chiefs have held their annual initiation school for both boys and girls since the 1940s. If the land is given back to his people, Lekhuleni wants to keep the mountain section as well.

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