Brahman farmer Steven Nomaele said communal farmers opened two gates that allowed access to his land and are now grazing around 200 cattle on 250ha of his 685ha farm.
They chased their animals onto his farm because they had no grazing left on their own land, said Nomaele. “They will finish that grass in a week,” he said. Nomaele has approached the Mahikeng High Court. But the land was still registered in his late mother’s name, and he first had to obtain a letter of authority that would give him the right to apply for a court interdict to evict the cattle from his land.
The members of the community approached Nomaele in February, saying the land was theirs. He has moved his cattle to different camps to keep them separate from the community’s herds.
“To date no police or prosecutors have even contacted me,” said Nomaele.