Monday, 17 September 2007

KZN farmer told to vacate farm

September 17 2007 at 08:43AM

Protesters have given a Durban cattle farmer two-weeks to vacate his farm before they invade and start building houses, Beeld reported on Monday.

"It was the worst intimidation I've ever experienced in my life," Jaap de Villiers said on Sunday.

De Villiers, 76, was considering laying a charge of intimidation after an incident on Friday where De Villiers' farm workers were threatened and a veld fire broke out on the farm.

The threats follow the murder of Ken Eva, a manager in the Melmoth area during a border dispute with a neighbouring community.

According to a memorandum, written in Zulu and later translated for De Villiers by a police official, De Villiers was being accused of killing goats and poisoning people living on tribal land next to his farm.

"I never go on to their land and I sell nothing to them. How could I poison them?"

De Villiers, whose farm is bordered on three sides by land bought by Inkosi Bheki Zulu several years ago was given until September 28 to vacate the farm.

He said that no land claim on his farm Uitval had been registered, according to the Beeld report. - Sapa


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