Sixteen farm owners have so far applied for interdicts to stop the Black First Land First (BLF) from occupying farmland of which five have been granted within a week in two separate matters, says a Cape Argus report. In the latest case, Judge Derek Wille, of the Western Cape High Court, yesterday granted an order in favour of Zindro Properties (Pty) Ltd, Trikores (Pty) Ltd, Altydgedacht Durbanville (Pty) and Antikes (Pty) Ltd.

The order interdicts and restrains the BLF from erecting or attempting to erect any form of structure on the properties; occupying the property; or unlawfully demonstrating at or within 200m from the property or uttering threats of invasion.

The properties were purchased for around R71m, says the report. In terms of the order the SAPS, assisted by law enforcement agencies, as required, is authorised and directed to take steps to prevent an unlawful deprivation of rights to property arising from any invasion or occupation.

Last week a similar order was granted in favour of D’Aria Vineyards in Durbanville, also prohibiting BLF from illegally entering or erecting structures on the farm.

In March, a total of 10 farmers, the majority of whom are wine farm owners, also approached the court for an interdict against the BLF. According to the 100-page court document submitted in this regard the farm owners argue that BLF participated in unlawful acts in March 2019 which included harassment, threats and incitement to engage in unlawful conduct against farmers.

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