Hillerman Labour Tenants celebrate VICTORY!

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.

Presentation of gifts to Inkosi Mchunu (Traditional Leader) and Labour Tenant leaders

“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.

Donna Hornby (Lead Researcher at AFRA) being interviewed by the SABC

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.

Various Labour Tenants were interviewed by the SABC

AFRA is very proud to have been part of the Hillerman farm victory. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Labour Tenants observe the media covering the celebration
Ndabe Ziqubu (Research Fieldworker) receives a certificate of honour on behalf of AFRA from Inkosi Mchunu

Author: AFRA

AFRA is a South African land rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with marginalised people on farms to advance the realisation of their rights.

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