Released - 26 July 2017
1. Status of the exercise to get a court hearing
For a second time the Mekareng, plus some of the other parties to the claim, have failed to respond to Peet Grobbelaar’s letter requesting that they make themselves available for a pre-trial conference. Accordingly Peet prepared, and submitted to the Land Claims Court, a comprehensive report which details the precise situation and which demonstrates the total apathy of the claimants. The very latest news is that the report has, also, been submitted to the judge allocated to our case. The intent behind the report is that the Court should now issue the necessary instructions to the claimants and should progress the matter.
It is probable that the claimants fully realize the weakness of their case and are reluctant to let it get to court with the law as it currently stands. It is also probable the claimants are hoping for a future (as yet unspecified) change in the law which will make their case viable. Unfortunately, unless the matter is voluntarily withdrawn by the claimants, or settled in court, it is not going to go-away. If it is just left ‘hanging’ it will continue to downgrade the desirability of properties and adversely impact prices realized (where sales do take place). An outstanding case will also encourage others to lay claim to our land.
2. Annual general Meeting
Another financial year has come nearly to an end and plans for the AGM are being prepared. A date towards the end of October or early November currently appears most likely.
3. Number of portions and members represented and size of the claim area
As part of the exercise to push the matter into court, and get a conclusion to the claim, significant efforts have been made to clean-up the database, obtain new information and relook at some of the underlying ‘facts’.
It had always been considered that the size of the claim was somewhere between 19000 and 22000 hectares but a new exercise shows that the total is closer to 10100 hectares. The discrepancy, which is considerable, is due mainly to the reliability of information obtained from the deeds office and to the interpretation of that information.
LCAG represents 296 portions owned by 247 individual members.
4. Membership information
There was a request in the April 2017 newsletter that members should complete and return a “Membership Information/Registration” form, which is attached hereto and is also available on the website:- www.broederstroomlandclaim.co.za.
Whatever else you do, and irrespective of whether your account is in arrears or up-to-date, PLEASE COMPLETE THE MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION FORM AND RETURN IT. This is an important step in the process of aggressively seeking a court hearing and attempting to get a conclusion to the matter.
5. Squatters – (Portion 218; northwest of the R512 and Hartbeeshoek Road junction.)
In the June newsflash it was reported that “The landowner has assumed responsibility and has held meetings with the police, the sheriff and Madibeng Municipality. A pre-eviction planning meeting, with the police and other parties is expected to take place soon.”
"The power of the collective is far greater than the power of one."
The above matters are updates to the recent previous newsflashes and, for clarity, should be read in conjunction with them.
The opinions expressed in this newsletter are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the Committee or of the appointed legal team.