After 20 years of struggle, including the landowner denying that the majority of the occupants in Hillerman farm qualify as labour tenants, the community being faced with eviction, and being denied service delivery, the Hillerman case was resolved in November at the Land Claims Court. The judgment favoured the 361 labour tenants and the State will acquire the land under claim.
“The judgement means secured tenure for the Hillerman Community, it means we can finally have basic service delivery that we were denied for many years.” These are the words that were echoed throughout the Hillerman community celebration on Sunday, 12 February 2017.
The celebration was attended by various government and civil society groups including the AmaChunu Chief. The Chief applauded the community for leading their own struggle, he advised them to continue to use the land productively for the benefit of the community and not individuals.
AFRA is very proud to have been part of the Hillerman farm victory. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.