Minister told to take back land in claim involving 105 farms
Author: Sizwe Sama Yende
A court has ordered Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti to take back land that was given to a controversial trust and review the claim. The validity of the claim involving 105 farms worth R51 million in Mpumalanga’s Badplaas area has been contested over the past 12 years, and has resulted in a R3.3 million fraud charge being laid against Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.
The farms were transferred to the Ndwandwa Community Trust in 2003, but the whole process raised a furore because of allegations that the land prices were hugely inflated and the whole claim was a scam because all the beneficiaries were fake.
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