Minister calls on government to stop state capture of Colenso Farm

Ivan Cloete and minister Ivan Meyer during a visit to Colenso Farm.

Minister Ivan Meyer’s recent visit to, Ivan Cloete of Colenso Farm, highlights the government’s mismanagement of land reform in South Africa.

Despite productively working the land for more than a year, Cloete now faces being evicted from a third farm previously allocated to him by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) – with the latest eviction taking place to make way for an uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veteran.

Cloete is effectively being denied security of tenure on Colenso, despite having been moved from previous farms twice through no fault of his own, but rather due to the DALRRD’s failure to implement and manage land reform projects responsibly.

Cloete’s planned eviction must be stopped given the prohibition of all evictions, by order of a competent Court in terms of Regulation 37(1) of the Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).

Minister Meyer has written to the national minister to act in terms of the Constitution and the rule of law to prevent Cloete’s unjust eviction from his farm in Darling. The national minister must immediately stop the state capture of the farm Colenso or face the Zondo Commission. – Press release, Western Cape Department of Agriculture