David's Legal Right to Occupancy and Tenure sign now

New immigrants from Germany (the Weber's) recently bought property in Rondevlei heights, George, southern Cape. An old man named David has been living on the land for many years. Under the Land Reform and Extension of Security of Tenure Act, David has the right to continue to live there until his death, irrespective of change in land ownership.

The new owners have, since they took occupancy, attempted to a) force David off the land, b) force him to sell his only milk cow (his only source of income), and c) have repeatedly verbally assaulted both him and his immediate neighbours (Vivien and Walter) who have been trying to support David and protect his legal right of occupancy.

In 2001, 2.9 million South Africans still lived on farms owned by white farmers. Since 1994 more than 1 million people have been evicted from many of these farms without adequate provision for resettlement elsewhere. This ethically and legally questionable dispossession undermines both land reform and human rights in this country.

Two laws have been passed to secure the tenure rights of farm dwellers, the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act of 1996 and the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA) (Act 62 of 1997).

Why is the George Municipality refusing to enforce the rights of the dispossessed? Why is David and his cow being forced off land he is entitled to live on? Why did the George Town Planner grant the Weber's approval to construct of a third dwelling on the property (currently zoned for agriculture only two dwellings are permitted)? Why are the Weber's building their second palatial home just a few meters away from David's house on his cow's pasture?

If you would like to help David retain his legal right to occupancy, please add your name to this petition and forward this petition to everyone you know.

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Mariana AustinBy:
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The George Municipal Council and Town Planner

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