Beneficiaries of Skeerpoort land claims in the North West allege committee misappropriated money – SABC News

Three hundred and sixty-two beneficiary households in Skeerpoort’s land claims want the committee that oversees their more than 50 farm plots to step down. This follows allegations that the Khutso Naketsi Communal Property Association Committee embezzled more than R26 million over the past five years. Beneficiaries marched to the committee’s offices in Skeerpoort near Hartebeespoort to seek answers.

Sinah Modise, 115, was born on this particular agricultural plot. Although her parents worked the land for decades, she and her family were evicted. She described the circumstances of life on this farm.

“My son was not allowed to go to school because he was expected to herd cattle. We were kicked out when he refused,” says Modise.

The families reached 55 farms through the Security of Tenure Extension Act in the 1990s. They want the committee heading the Communal Property Association sacked for allegedly allocating funds from the CPA worth over R26 million to themselves.

“We want to achieve the goals of taking this office out of the office so that a new committee that has brains, thinks for the people can come into this office and work for these poor people of Skeerport,” says another grantee, Douglas Ncube.

“We cry, we need our money. We have been attending meetings for too long, but they do nothing,” says another beneficiary.

“My mother was born here, it’s the land of our grandfathers who fought in the Second World War,” explains another beneficiary.

The committee appointed to oversee the Khutso Naketsi Communal Property Association could not be reached for comment.

VIDEO: Skeerpoort land claim beneficiaries call on committee to stand down

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