Pretoria - “I never thought I would be the guinea pig for land invasions,” a black landowner joked on Friday after he obtained an urgent court order - with the assistance of AfriForum - against a group of people who illegally invaded his farm near Soshanguve.
The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, on Friday ordered the group to immediately vacate the property of Dr Motodi Maserumule. The farm, with various portions, is registered in the name of Akubra Trading Ltd, a company which belongs to Maserumule and two business partners.
He said while only a few people were spotted on his farm on Monday, the group grew throughout the week. Maserumule said by Friday there were more than 100 land grabbers. He turned to the court as he feared that more people would move in over the weekend. Members of the Soshanguve police station were ordered to assist with the removal of the land grabbers. They were also ordered to remove the structures which had already been erected on the property.
Maserumule said he was told by a friend, who had travelled past the farm on Monday, that he’d noticed a group gathering on the property for an illegal land invasion.
“I went there and encountered a small group. There was also a single corrugated-iron structure erected. This was used as an office to unlawfully ‘sell’ portions to the trespassers.”