One of the points underlined by five Durbanville farm owners, seeking an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF), is the utterance of its deputy president Zanele Lwana – that it did not matter if farmers are granted protection, the BLF would simply invade other farms in the area.

This is contained in the transcript of the proceedings on 19 March 2019, in the matter of 21 farms who had initially sought relief from the court, notes a Cape Argus report.

The five farmers, Alma Bigalke NO, Avianto Pretorius (Pty) Ltd, Wanda Kriek NO, Wessels Johannes Kriek NO and CM2 Trust Management Services (Pty) Ltd, also part of the initial group, were granted interdicts in the Western Cape High Court yesterday.

The court also granted a final order in favour of D’Aria Vineyards in Durbanville.

In papers, Johannes Abertus Loubser, general manager of some of the farmers, said these farms are situated precisely in the area to which Lwana referred and that they are at risk of being occupied at any stage. He added that some of the farmers, in the first instance, received direct threats from the BLF that their land would be invaded, occupied and repossessed.

BLF president Andile Mngxitama said it has written to Judge President John Hlophe to stop ‘this insane nonsense of white farmers running to courts’.

Asked if BLF has plans to continue farming operations once they occupy farms, he said: ‘If they want peace and to sleep peacefully, then hand over our land. We first want to occupy their land and then later decide what we are going to do with the land.

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