Kirkwood eviction battle

Kathryn Kimberley

ABOUT 100 Kirkwood residents face losing the homes that have been in their families for generations should an application to have them evicted succeed.

In addition, the owner of the land has threatened the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform with legal action for failing to find alternative accommodation for the workers, who have been occupying the land “unlawfully” since July 2010.

The residents have now been given 20 days to respond to a court application in which they are accused of unlawfully occupying a portion of Dunroby Estate citrus farm.

While they claim it is their right to be on the farm, owner David van der Westhuizen claims their presence is depriving him of the “productive and profitable use” of his property.

Because he was unable to develop that portion of the land by planting orange trees, he said, he was suffering damages of more than R600000 a month.

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