Labour tenants, Land News

Labour tenancy claims bring deep history into the present

Published in the Daily Maverick on the 20th January 2016. See the published article here.

Judge Mokotedi Mpshe will be asked next week to appoint a “Special Master” to see that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and Minister Gugile Nkwinti do their jobs. YVES VANDERHAEGHEN reports on a drawn-out case involving labour tenants, bureaucratic neglect and delinquency.

 

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Photo: Bhekindlela Mwelase, one of the labour tenants who has taken the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to court to force it to comply with the Labour Tenants Act. (Photo: Tom Draper)

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Labour tenants, Land News

Farm dwellers demand Land Claims Court act against “Contemptuous Minister”

Minister Gugile Nkwinti and the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform once again find themselves in hot water at the Land Claims Court with South Africa’s labour tenants.

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Mr. Sikhakhane is one of the Hilton residents who has been waiting for the government to act on their promises. He is 96 yeats old. Photo: Tom Draper

The long running legal battle between the Minister and the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), a land rights NGO acting on behalf of labour tenant claimants, is set to escalate this month when the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) appears on behalf of AFRA and an estimated 19 000 labour tenants in the Land Claims Court in Randburg, Johannesburg on 29 January 2016.

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