Odendaalsrus residents fighting for land

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Some distressed residents of Odendaalsrus near Welkom in the Free State are demanding to return to their original location, Marobe, where they were forcefully removed by the apartheid government 60 years ago. They say they are unhappy about how things have been handled, as they were promised compensation of R40 000, which has not yet materialised. A 60 year old pensioner, Kedi Moleko, is one of the affected people. She also says she’d rather return to her original location, since she is not being compensated as promised.

“We are always promised compensation, but we haven’t received any money to this day. We now feel that we’d rather go back to Marobe, since we are not being compensated as promised,” she said.

The Free State Rural Development Department has meanwhile told OFM News that they have been struggling to get hold of the beneficiaries. Individuals who stand to benefit from this agreement are urged to contact the department on 051-430-0444.

SELLWANE KHAKHAU

sellwane@centralmediagroup.co.za