Landless People's Movement calls on government to provide land to small scale farmers

Landless People's Movement calls on government to provide land to small scale farmers

The Landless People's Movement has called on government to provide land to small scale farmers in dire need of such land.
The call comes after a member of the association was evicted last week from a farm he had occupied illegally.
Elvin Skakana was reportedly removed last week from the farm Nukois 269, which he was occupying illegally.
He was given until end of April to find alternative grazing for his animals.
The Landless People's Movement spokesperson Paul Thomas admitted that Skakana's occupation of the farm was illegal, but was justifiable, as Skakana apparently exhausted all available avenues to be resettled.
Skakana reportedly began farming with cattle, goats and sheep in 2001 on communal land called Vlakrivier in the Tses settlement area, and have been applying for resettlement since 2003 - all in vain.
By now, he has 230 large stock on the about 3 500 hectares of land, which he admits to be over-grazed.
The Landless People's spokesperson says Skakana only occupied the farm out of frustration, claiming that the farm had laid idle and the farmer needed a place to graze his livestock.