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‘Mixed emotions’ at land handover

After many years of contention, the land where La Rochelle High School’s hockey field is situated in Breda Street, Paarl, has officially been handed over to the land claimants on Thursday (11 March).

Transport MEC Bonginkozi Madikizela along with Executive Mayor Conrad Poole and members of the municipality joined the Ou Tuin claimants in finalising the official documentation of ownership in an official hand over ceremony at the municipal offices.

It is more than 20 years since the nearly 400 descendants of the Ou Tuin community filed a land claim to have this land of their birth returned to them.

The site was once home to a largely Muslim community before they were subjected to forced removals under the Groups Areas Act of the 1960s.

After a lengthy court case, the land was in principle returned to the claimants from the Department of Public Works in July 2017.

According to Madikizela, government has a moral obligation to fast track land reform in South Africa. “In this case it has taken very long to hand over this property back to its rightful owners as a result of the complications arising from the current land use,” said Madikizela.

He thanked the beneficiaries for their time and patience and said Ou Tuin is an example of land being expropriated within the law of the politically contested Section 25 of the Constitution.

Moutie Richards, a representative of the claimers, says the signing of the lease agreement is long over due. “The school [La Rochelle Girls’ High School] was a big stumbling block. They threw many stones, I would even say rocks in our path, because they used the national school law to say they still have a right to the land even though we are the legal owners.”

La Rochelle’s school governing body has since strongly denied the claims that they deliberately delayed the process.

“On the contrary, the school has attempted over the years to facilitate precisely this, namely the handing over of the land to the rightful owners.

“We are grateful that the process has been completed and wish the Ou Tuin Community all the best.”

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