The Hilton “land grabbers” have reportedly obeyed a court order granted in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, and have vacated the property.

Police confirmed yesterday that there had been no further incidents on the 82-hectare piece of land, and that the illegal occupiers had left the property, so no arrests had to be enforced.

The drama began on Sunday when a Winterskloof landowner, Edmund “Rusty” Roodt, noticed several people knocking steel pegs into the ground in an attempt to demarcate plots on his property.

He reported the matter to the police, but was told that he would have to produce a title deed to the property before any action could be taken.

On Monday, Roodt saw that a bulldozer and tractor were being used to level plots that had been demarcated the previous day.

He ascertained that the plots were being sold to people by a man named Philani Bha Ndlovu.

When contacted by Roodt, Ndlovu is alleged to have told him that the land “belongs to the Ngonyama Trust – the Zulu people”.

Roodt dismissed Ndlovu’s statements and advised him that the land belonged to Rozie Farming Investments. He told Ndlovu that he had no right to attempt to occupy the property.

The land in question is used for blue-gum farming, but is in the process of being commercially developed.

Roodt successfully applied to the courts for interim relief to prevent the land grabbers from trespassing on his property until the dispute over the land was resolved.

The matter was adjourned to November 21.