- After struggling for nearly two decades, David Rakgase has finally won his battle to keep his land
- Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza has issued an apology to the farmer, who had been struggling to buy leased land from the government
- The farmer says he is happy now that his children will be able to continue his legacy
Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza has issued a profuse apology on behalf of the state to David Rakgase.
TimesLIVE reports that the Limpopo farmer had struggled for over 17 years to purchase the land he leased from the government.
Speaking at the AFASA Agri-business transformation conference, the minister commented that:
“We already withdrew (our application for leave to appeal) because there was no consultation with the political authority, meaning myself, in that matter. We actually have to extend our apologies to farmer Rakgase. Indeed, his matter should have been resolved long ago."
The 78-year-old farmer had been tilling the soil of his Nooitgedacht farm for the last 27 years, managing to obtain a landmark victory when the High Court dubbed the state's inability to sell the land 'irrational and unconstitutional', Briefly.co.za gathered.
Speaking to Food For Mzansi, Rakgase commented on his situation, indicating what a relief the ruling was:
“I’m so relieved after fighting for all these years. This judgment means we can progress, because my children were born into agriculture and now we can keep the family legacy going.”
Democratic Alliance MP Annette Steyn had welcomed the Agriculture Minister's announcement:
“Justice has finally been served in the Rakgase matter and the DA trusts that Mr Rakgase will continue to work his land successfully so that he can leave a proud legacy for his future generations. The DA calls on more farmers to come forward and contact the party to help them become landowners.”
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