Interdict to stop EFF land grab

By NOELENE BARBEAU Time of article published Apr 15, 2015

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Durban

A company that owns a Ballito property earmarked for a R30 billion project has approached the Durban High Court to stop an “unlawful land grab” by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Judge Fikile Mokgohloa on Tuesday granted an interim order against the party, giving it until May 7 to oppose the order and provide reasons why it should not be made final.

The application was brought by Greenlands Farm (Pty) Ltd, which owns the more than 800ha property alongside the N2 north freeway just before the Ballito turn-off.

Since Sunday, people have been arriving there in droves.

In court papers, one of the owners of the company, Ian Deetlefs, said he heard on Sunday that people had taken occupation of the land. He found about 50 people on the property and noticed holes had been dug for a fence or other supports for a makeshift structure.

He claimed he was told by “someone who identified himself as the EFF provincial spokesman”, that “the government was not giving ‘these people’ land and so they were taking it for themselves”.

When Deetlefs returned on Monday with the police, he found that a makeshift structure had gone up and certain areas were cleared of grass and land had been flattened.

His attorney, Jonathan de Wet, told him that he had come across a group of about 100 people standing near the freeway on Monday, who confirmed they were on their way to occupy the Greenlands property.

When he stopped again that day, he was allegedly told by Lindani Mthembu and Innocent Vilakazi, the third and fourth respondents, wearing EFF caps and T-shirts, that the only way they would leave was if De Wet got an interdict.

Deetlefs said two Facebook pages were already live about the land invasion – “Ground Zero – EFF Land Grab” and “EFF Land Grab Ballito,” which apparently had more than 900 likes by Monday.

Mthembu asked Judge Mokgohloa for a postponement as their attorney was working on the matter. He also asked if they could file papers earlier than May 7 to stop Greenlands from using the land.

Outside court Deetlefs confirmed the land was earmarked for the Greenlands New Town Centre that would create many jobs.

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