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01-23-2015, 06:14 AM
Namibia mass land action urged

2015-01-23 05:00

Windhoek - Members of a new land movement on Thursday called on all young and landless Namibians to join a mass action and apply for a plot of land in every town.

The group, which calls itself Land Activists, expected thousands of people to submit application forms to municipalities next month.

"On Friday, 27 February it's on. Fearless youth and landless people will submit the forms to municipalities in all towns of the country," the group said in a statement.

The land activists were scouting for volunteers to act as co-ordinators in each town.

The group said it would prepare template application forms and make them available on social media for downloading.

"There will be no town left unattended. After the first such mass action in the 'capitalist paradise' Windhoek last November we are now ready to take the land gospel to other towns," it said.

The group intended to inform police in advance about the mass action. It was formed two months ago when Job Amupanda, a prominent member of the ruling Swapo party's youth wing and five other people, initiated a land grab in the lush Windhoek suburb of Kleine Kuppe.

They cleared bush on an unserviced plot and erected a pole with the handwritten notice stating "Erf 2014, repositioning".

Amupanda resigned a few days later from his position of information and mobilisation secretary in the Swapo Youth League.

He was suspended from the party shortly afterwards and remains suspended.

In December he mobilised over 14 000 young Namibians who applied to the Windhoek municipality for a plot.

High property prices and a lack of serviced plots in towns exacerbate the housing situation in Namibia, forcing thousands to live in shacks


01-23-2015, 06:16 AM
EFF sê gryp van grond gaan uitbrei
Deur Llewellyn Prince Vrydag 23 Januarie 2015 05:00

Die onwettige besetting van grond in Pretoria is net die begin van die EFF se besettingsprogram, wat ook na Johannesburg, die Oos- en die Wes-Rand uitgebrei sal word.

Ntobeng Ntobeng, EFF-woordvoerder in Gauteng, het gister so aan Beeld

gesê nadat die Tshwane-stadsraad met hofbevele teen die onwettige besetting van grond in die metro gedreig het.

“Tshwane is net die begin van ons grondbesettingsprogram,” het Ntobeng gesê.

Dit kom nadat Julius Malema, EFF-leier, op die party se eerste nasionale kongres in Desember in Bloemfontein gesê het die party gaan vanjaar onwettige grondbesettings landwyd ondersteun en sal selfs hofgedinge daarteen finansier.

Die hooggeregshof in Pretoria het gister ’n tussentydse bevel om die onwettige besetting van ’n plaas in Bultfontein, noord van Pretoria, te verbied, tot 10 Maart verleng, berig Jeanne-Marié Versluis.

“Die onwettige plakkers en ondersteuners van die EFF het in Desember strukture op die plaas opgerig,” het *Tarien Cooks, AfriForum se koördineerder in Gauteng-Noord, in ’n verklaring gesê.

“ ’n Hofbevel is in Desember bekom waarna die onwettige strukture deur die Rooimiere verwyder is.”

Die aangeleentheid is tot Maart uitgestel om regspanne kans te gee om opponerende hofstukke wat die onwettige plakkers gister laat ingedien het, te bestudeer.

Ntobeng het gesê die EFF sal alle onwettige grondbesettings in Gauteng ondersteun en in howe verdedig.

“Die Tshwane-stadsraad het oorlog verklaar teen swart gemeenskappe deur te dreig met interdikte teen grondbesettings. Dit sal ons egter nie van stryk bring nie.

“Ons sal alle hofaansoeke teen onwettige grondbesettings teenstaan. Ons sal die wit plaasboer in Bultfontein se grond beset en daar is niks wat hy daaraan kan doen nie.

“Hulle kan na die hoogste hof in die land gaan.

“Ons sal ons politieke besluit tot daar verdedig.”

Intussen het Eddie *Galane, ’n gemeenskaps*leier in Malemaville naby Nellmapius in Pretoria, gister gesê sy gemeenskap sal vandag met die onwettige besetters in Bultfontein (wat as Dali Mpofu-ville bekend staan) en dié van Pienaars*poort naby Mamelodi, vergader.

“Die stadsraad wil die aangeleentheid politiseer, maar hulle het in 20 jaar misluk om huise aan inwoners te verskaf.”


01-23-2015, 06:16 AM
Zim set to give white farmers 90 days to vacate farms

2015-01-22 12:07

Cape Town – White former farmers should be given 90 days to vacate their farms if the land they occupy has been allocated to a black person to avoid legal battles, the Zimbabwean government has reportedly said.

According to the News Day, Land and Rural Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora said government would not allow contract farming arrangements where the indigenous farm owners would get only 10% of total produce while their white partners grabbed the lion’s share.

Only white farmers specialising in dairy and cattle breeding or those who openly support the ruling Zanu-PF party would be spared, a Daily News report added.

This comes a few days after Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was set to intensify its land grabs, targeting the country’s remaining white farmers and those with multi farms.

Land grab policy

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) warned on Monday of "more chaos" on white and former white-owned farms.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the intensification of the land grab policy would not benefit the ordinary Zimbabwean but the well-heeled and the politically connected.

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

Clashes with veterans

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation struggle.

Mugabe made headlines last year when he vowed that whites would never be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe at the time also warned black Zimbabweans against partnering with whites in agriculture deals