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NC High Court warns military vets over invading land

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Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans started erecting shacks on land in Kuruman that they claim was promised to them.

MK Vets protest outside of the Northern Cape High Court. Pictures: Danie van der Lith

NORTHERN Cape High Court Judge Violet Phatshoane has issued a stern warning to Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans not to invade land in Kuruman.

A group of military veterans started erecting shacks on the Tsineng road near the R31 in Kuruman last week, claiming that the land had been awarded to them by way of a council resolution that was taken in 2013.

The land was sold to a private developer.

An urgent application was brought before the Northern Cape High Court on Tuesday by the owner of the land, Sobray CC, to enforce an interdict to prevent the illegal occupation of the land.

Judge Phatshoane postponed the matter until November 3 to afford an opportunity to both parties to file answering and opposing papers.

“It will also allow the military veterans to employ the services of a legal representative.”

She pointed out that the court had previously issued an order preventing Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans from invading the property on March 11.

“In terms of the papers filed, it appears as if the land is still

being invaded. People are not supposed to take the law into their own hands and must let the court resolve the land issue. If citizens of this country disobey the laws, we will be faced with a very serious problem.”