Farmer gets protection order against land grabbers

A farmer in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, has been granted a protection order against land grabbers.

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Peter Train approached AfriForum for assistance after the Msomi family made numerous death threats against him and his wife. AfriForum then secured the order of protection in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act.

“This verdict sets a precedent in terms of which farmers are protected against illegal acts by land grabbers, and in terms of which their ownership rights can be protected,” said Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s head of community.

“The Msomis had been warned before to refrain from having any contact with the Trains until after their land claim was heard in court, but the family refused to co-operate,” added Chris Fourie, community co-ordinator for AfriForum in KZN.

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Fourie said the state was unable to guarantee the Trains’ safety, especially since the SAP is still refusing to prioritise farm attacks and compile an effective protection plan for farmers in rural areas. “This is why AfriForum will do everything in its power to protect the ownership rights of rightful owners,” he said.

AfriForum will be back in court on 23 January when charges of malicious damage to property against the Msomi family will be heard.