PORT ELIZABETH - The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has called for calm in Mtwalume, a settlement in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal, after a farm manager was hospitalised for injuries sustained during a farm attack in the area.
The attack on the farm manager happened during an invasion of a 7,500 hectare farm, valued at more than R300 million.
The committee said in a statement that alleged divisions within the Mathulini Communal Property Association (CPA) at Mtwalume over claims for the same land had led to the violence in the area.
“There are sufficient provisions in the land reform process to deal with disputes and counter claims," chairperson of the committee, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, said.
"Such claims still have full recourse to procedural justice and other legal provisions. We cannot condone acts of criminality as these do not advance the process of land reform or restitution. Such vile acts are not only uncalled for, but also further diminish the integrity of claims or counter claims.