- What seems to be the first expropriation case is already proving to cause problems
- The owners of Akkerland Boerdery are fighting the land claims on their land
- The government offered the owners R20 million, but they want R200 million
It seems that Limpopo is the first province to have land expropriation happen. 2 game farms are reportedly targeted for expropriation.
It is believed that Akkerland Boerdery, who owns a luxury hunting farm in Makhado, Limpopo, received a letter that informed them that their farms would be inspected.
This letter said the inspection would be held in April of this year already, according to a report by News24.
The owners of the 2 farms are expected to fight the land claims on their property and they demand R200 million for the land. The government decided to offer the owners R20 million.
The Akkerland Boerdery owners got an urgent interdict in the Land Claims Court to prevent being evicted from their land.
In 1996, the Musekwa tribe submitted land claim against the Akkerland Boerdery, as reported on by a 2006 Government Gazette. But according to the owners, this claim was never proven.
This decision to expropriate comes after the ANC decided to start with test cases to see if land expropriation can be successful.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Land Reform is dedicated to set land reform in motion in South Africa.
According to Mashile Mokono, head of the land reform office, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has signed two other orders for expropriation.
Mokono added that courts will provide more information on what would be fair compensation for the landowners.
Annelize Crosby, AgriSA's legal adviser, stated that the Akkerland Boerdery case is distinctive because the owners weren't given a chance to content against the claim against their land, which is still what should have happened, legally.
Court papers indicate that the government did give the owners of Akkerland Boerdery notice in October 2017 that they plan to expropriate.
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