KZN community threatens land invasionby NJABULO BUTHELEZI
KEATES DRIFT, (CAJ News) – VILLAGERS at Keates Drift in KwaZulu-Natal Province have threatened to invade nearby farms if the government did not allocate them new land amid shortages of farming space and grazing pastures.
The villagers claimed the population growth was outgrowing available land.
Vukani Khumalo, a local villager, said his livestock was struggling as land was not readily available.
“If the government does not allocate us new land, very soon, our villagers will invade some farms that we think are not fully utilised,” Khumalo said.
Victor Mkhize, a father of eight, said land redistribution should be attended to as soon as possible.
“We live on rocky, mountainous and dry lands yet elsewhere some people, especially white farmers, have huge hectares of fallow lands to spare. If the government does not get this message, then we shall invade farms,” said Mkhize.
Keates Drift is suited in northern Durban. It is mostly rocky terrain most suited for livestock rearing then farming.
There was no immediate comment from the local councillor or Department of Rural Development and Lands Reform on the grievances of the villagers.
– CAJ News
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