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HOMELESS residents of Msholozi, outside White River in Mpumalanga, are threatening to erect shacks in front of a mine.

They have been camping outside Afrimat mine since last Tuesday after their houses were demolished, allegedly by the mine owner who accused them of invading land.

Derrick Shongwe (33), one of the people who lost their houses, told Daily Sun: “Earlier this year a white man came with documents saying our land belonged
to him.
“He said he was giving us 48 hours to move but never came back. He came back in April and we were told we’d have to go to court on 22

“But we were surprised last week when we found people demolishing our houses before the court date.”

Derrick said Bennie Mabunda and Terry Mdluli, members of Matsafeni Community Development Trust, had given them the land and assured them it belonged to them.

“We have proof that they gave us this land, but they now are denying it,” he said.

“We will camp here until our houses are rebuilt.”

Derrick said they had called Mabunda and Mdluli, who had said they didn’t know anything about the evictions.

Yet their signatures were on the eviction papers.

Mabunda said: “We applied for their eviction and they were given enough time to review the matter.

“The court made a decision and an order was sent to everyone.”

The residents have since opened a case of malicious damage to property at the White River cop shop.

Attempts to get comment from the mine owner were fruitless.

Source: Dailysun

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