DA leader Mmusi Maimane Picture: Boxer Ngwenya

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, on Monday will meet with black blocked farmers by African National Congress (ANC) in Northam, Limpopo.

The party said in a statement that farmers have been blocked from obtaining ownership of the land they farm by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, despite having written confirmation of an agreement to purchase.

Maimane would be announcing what action the party would be taking to ensure these farmers were freed from state dependence and obtain ownership of the land.

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“Through the Land Redistribution for Local Development (LRAD) programme, emerging black farmers were supposed to be able to buy the land they currently lease from the state. However, this has not happened."

“Many farmers are still paying a monthly lease fee to government - with no prospect of owning their land despite having farmed the land for many years,” said DA.

DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Annette Steyn, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Thandeka Mbabama, DA LimpopoLeader, Jacques Smalle, and Constituency Head, Desiree Van Der Walt, would be joining Maimane.

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