Civil rights organisation AfriForum and AfriSake introduced a guide about land seizures at a conference in Pretoria today. Land grabbing through the illegal appropriation of land is a political power play that is increasing daily. Therefore, the Solidarity Movement calls on all South Africans with property rights to familiarise themselves with the content of this blitz guide so that they will know what to do if an illegal land seizure is staring them in the face.
Even though the state can be called to account through legal action, the protection of property lies in the hands of the land owners. The Blitz Guide on Land Seizures equips every land owner with practical guidelines, as well as the most important precautions and suggested behaviour should they be confronted with a land seizure. The proactive solutions discussed in the guide includes alertness, neighbourhood watches, supervision, occupational rights and access control. The legal removal of illegal structures, whether they are occupied or not, is also discussed in detail.
According to Armand Greyling, AfriSake’s legal and policy analist, it is ironic that the Constitution which was originally implemented to protect South Africans now have to be protected by South Africans. Political attacks on the Constitution and amended bills that are increasingly in the style of Zimbabwean land reforms undoubtedly put pressure on land owners. “The fact remains that we do have property rights and that we shouldn’t stand back for people like Julius Malema or the EFF or even Jacob Zuma when they state that they are going to take back the land without compensation,” said Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety.
It is extremely important for South Africans who have property rights to protect their land, therefore Cameron is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the public debate to ensure a stable and political environment within the country. “If the public doesn’t get involved in the debate be confronted with the same problem as years ago in Zimbabwe,” Cameron warned.
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By Wilmarie Brits