Goodwood land claimants fighting for their land

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CAPE TOWN, 25 September 2017 - Almost 20 years after successfully claiming back prime land in a Cape Town suburb, no tangible benefits have come for the rightful land owners.

CAPE TOWN - Almost 20 years after successfully claiming back prime land the Cape Town suburb of Goodwood, no tangible benefits have come for the rightful land owners.

Now the department of rural development and land reform has had to step in to stop a dodgy sale to a private developer.

In 2001, the piece of land was successfully claimed by 251 families.

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Subsequently, a land developer, Abacus, apparently bought the land from the self-appointed trustees for R107-million.

But the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's (DRDLR) senior legal advisor Benjamin Mars said, "I must just make it very clear, the land was never transferred. There's a sale agreement but it was stopped at the point of transfer."

Government has since stepped in to help the beneficiaries, and DRDLR deputy minister Mcebisi Skwatsha said, “That land is valued at over R300-million. We were scared when we heard that the trust was selling it for just R107-million. Secondly, they were selling it, as we said in court papers, without the permission of all beneficiaries."

At a meeting with the beneficiaries, officials vowed to ensure that this valuable resource remained in the hands of the people.