Rights and practices as they relate to burial on private land has long been a source of tension between occupiers and land owners. While legislation, provincial and municipal ordinances and regulations have been amended to assist all parties to manage these rights in an orderly fashion, conflict continues to occur from time to time. The Courts have also been required to step in at times and clarify the provisions of the law, and the various interpretations given to them by occupiers and land owners.
Within AFRA’s Forgotten Citizens Youth Mural Project, funded by the Foundation for Human Rights, dialogues were held with young people living on commercial farms in uMgungundlovu, where they shared their experiences and learned about their land and employment rights.
Labour tenants and AFRA, represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), finally had their day in court as Judge Thomas Ncube heard arguments for the appointment of a Special Master on the 10th and 11th October 2016. The highly anticipated landmark judgement could set legal precedent in South Africa, and is expected to be announced soon.
A small group of dedicated labour tenants travelled through the night to Randburg, Johannesburg, to arrive at the Land Claims Court on the 10th October. They listened to the proceedings over two days with an intensity and exhaustion that accentuated the long wait they have endured for a resolution to the land claims they and many others made under the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act.
Four years ago the Ntuli/Fowler relationship could not have been in a worse position, but today the Ntuli family has been peacefully relocated and built a house in KwaHaza.
When Mpekeleli Ntuli retired in 2010 he left David Fowler’s Petrus Stroom Farm to live with his new wife. However, his three grandchildren opted to stay on the farm as they were working for Fowler, their children attended the local school and the house Mpekeleli had moved to was too small to accommodate the expanding family.
AFRA is delighted to be working with Oxfam South Africa as part of their Rural Transformation Programme. Oxfam South Africa mobilise the power of people to claim their rights and participate fully in shaping decisions, policies and processes that affect their lives and hold power to account, challenging systems which perpetuate poverty and inequality. Continue reading
Formally known as the Farmdweller Rights Settlement Project, AFRA’s innovative Pathways Project – affectionately named after being descibed as mapping “pathways out of poverty” – is an initiative funded by the European Union that facilitates consensus between landowners, farm dwellers and government around how to settle the rights of ESTA occupiers and labour tenants to secure tenure and access to services.