KwaNobuhle resident, 85,fights ill health as he seeks compensation
AT 85, Phikisile George of KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage should be enjoying his twilight years. Instead the elderly grandfather is battling with failing health and is bitter that, after more than 46 years, he has still not been compensated for being forcibly removed from his Langa home.
George, who suffers from a heart condition and high blood pressure, battles to communicate but is clear on one thing: “I need my money which the government promised.”
George and his family are among 26 families who said the Rural Development and Land Reform Department had reneged on its promise to compensate them.
The disillusioned families said the department was dragging its feet in finalising claims submitted 17 years ago.
The department’s spokeswoman, Nandipa Sondati, said claimants had initially opted for alternative land but then changed their minds and asked for financial compensation.
“Circumstances in reversing the initial option and starting a new process as per the subsequent option have caused a delay. Consultations with all . . . signatories in the initial settlement agreement had to be held,” she said.
– Hendrick Mphande
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