Midvaal farmers accuse state of trying to sell their land without permission

Midvaal farmers have accused local government of putting up their land for sale without their permission.

Christine Rathokolo says she was approached by officials last month with a request to buy the land and offer it up for the development of RDP houses in Sicelo.

The R59 highway reopened last week after four months of protests over housing and service delivery.

Rathokolo says government has made promises to community members without consulting farmers.

Already the community that is fighting for land has been told and promised our land, an announcement was made to them that they will be given pieces of land on our plots without the province completing the whole process with us.

Christine Rathokolo, farm owner

They did request saying we should indicate if we will be willing to sell some of us came back to them saying we are willing to sell, we were only waiting for them to start the formal process with us.

Christine Rathokolo, farm owner

Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi says the process of procuring the land is led by the MEC of Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile.

Baloyi says he has met with the farmers to facilitate the process and has noted their concerns.

I explained to them the challenges we face, but I also appreciate the difficulty that they find themselves in now whereas they are owners. Now the community of Sicelo may look at them as an obstacle to their development so it is not an easy situation we find ourselves in.

Bongani Baloyi , Midvaal mayor

Baloyi says government and various stakeholders need to make sure they communicate a responsible message.

I think that we need to be responsible as government and ensure that we protect all relevant parties in this situation.

Bongani Baloyi , Midvaal mayor

He says a commitment was made by Mashatile to resolve the purchase agreement by Friday.

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