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Land occupants in the Northern Cape run into trouble

Land occupants at Daniëlskuil in the Northern Cape ran into trouble when the Department of Public Works, which owns the terrain, lodged a complaint with the police and started to take steps to obtain an interdict against the illegal occupation of the land.

The occupants, however, continued to demarcate stands and to clear the area. They even put up a sign that indicates that the terrain is named "Ré Losper Estate", an obvious allusion to the mayor of Kgatelopele, Ms René Losper.

In another related incident, a Daniëlskuil resident lodged a complaint against a female person for crimen injuria and incitement to commit a crime. The resident is in possession of visual material in which this person incites occupants to violate the law so as to force the local authorities to make the land available; she also called the complainant a "baboon".

The land is currently being leased by an upcoming livestock farmer, who has been using the land to provide grazing for his animals for years. He was forced to remove his animals last week after occupants presumably started to steal livestock.

A member of the community, who is also a practising hydrologist, agreed to help identify a suitable terrain where the occupants can settle.

Even though the terrain has a seemingly good location, it floods periodically and, thus, it was never developed. It is imperative that the geology of the environment is examined professionally as there is a lot of dolomite, which could result in sinkholes if it comes into contact with water.

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