South Africa 12.2.2015 05:05 pm

Massive land claim in parts of Pretoria

A woman marks her land in Pretoria, South Africa. (File photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele).

A woman marks her land in Pretoria, South Africa. (File photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele).

A massive land claim involving about 500 privately owned properties in the northeast of Pretoria has been published in the Government Gazette.

The claim, entered by Victor Lekhulene earlier this month, involves nine farms, along with shopping centres, homes and a private school, Rekord East reported.

Lekhulene’s claim reportedly covers the area from the Cullinan/KwaMhlanga intersection to west of the Zambezi Mall, as well as Derdepoort, Mamelodi, Koedoespoort, several churches and the Derdepark Shopping Centre.

In the east, the claim involved areas in Wilgers, which include Pretoria German School, Willow Park and Wapadrand.

According to the Government Gazette, inputs opposing the claim were to be given within 60 days of its publication.

Meanwhile, residents of the Derdepoort have announced a community meeting to be held on Saturday to discuss the claim.

The claim comes after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe last month said the ruling party was calling for a cap on land ownership in South Africa.

Mantashe said the party had suggested a maximum ownership of 12 000 hectares or two farms for both natural and all forms of legal persons.

Last year, it was reported that just under 5 500 new land claims have been lodged across South Africa, with most claimants reportedly seeking money instead of land.

– Caxton News Service

 

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