Disturbing details of land grab in Centurion and Pretoria East has been put out to the authority.
According to Front National, If people still want to be naive and hold the belief that land grabs or land claims will not affect urban areas and is only happening in some remote area or is only reserved for agricultural land, must think again.
Residents are feeling the impact of the massive land claim affecting several suburbs in the greater Centurion region. The claim affects developed and densely populated areas such as The Reeds, Rooihuiskraal, Olievenhoutbosch, Zwartkop and Heuweloord.
The claim was apparently gazetted on June 29 last year, sparking fears among residents about their properties. Many questions are asked how the commission can allow the land claim to be gazetted after some 20 years have lapsed. Residents are trying make their voices heard against the seemingly opportunistic claim by the 39 families who allege that the 4 000 hectares related to the claim are due to them. The claim affects the property rights of about 2 000 families.
Simultaneously, another opportunistic claim were also lodged in the Eastern part of Pretoria, which includes farms, schools, businesses and more than 500 residential properties, mostly on prime land in the suburbs of Pretoria East, such as Hatfield, Colbyn, Garsfontein and Moreleta Park, in the Tshwane municipality.
Lest we also not forget the land grabs in the posh Palm Lake Estate near Ballito we recently reported on.
It is time that we realize the stark reality that land claims or land seizures will not be limited to only remote areas or agricultural areas.
Currently, 62% or nearly two-thirds of South Africa’s population lives in urban areas, that leads us to conclude that we can expect an increase of land grabs and land claims in urban areas as urbanization in South Africa is on the increase and opportunists would rather stay in urbanized areas that are already developed.
Front National supports any initiative that opposes these land claims. On 19 February 2019, Afriforum will host a meeting at Leriba Lodge in Centurion. The meeting will start at 19h00. During this meeting, residents will be briefed on the land claim and will be allowed to give Afriforum a mandate to fight the land claim on their behalf.
Front National will also attend the meeting in solidarity to our members, since many of our members are also affected by these land claims.
However, we need emphasize that these kind of land claims will increase and with the looming change of Sec25 of the Constitution, it will go from bad to worse. Hence, the only logical and workable solution to stave off these claims is to have our own state of self-determination were property rights will be guaranteed and protected.