Cape City – A bunch of Khoisan activists have appealed to Western Cape provincial authorities to have entry to land in Tokai to conduct a cleaning ceremony, after they have been denied entry to the property on the weekend.
The Samekoms Khoisan organisation stated they have been prohibited after writing a letter to property agent Muster Property Companies, interesting to make use of the location on Saturday.
They’ve now written to Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Anroux Marais and Group Security MEC Albert Fritz asking them to intervene and permit them entry to the ancestral land, to pay respects to their ancestors on particular cultural events.
“The piece of land in Tokai was truly a kraal, a princess kraal at Elephant’s Eye, it was the indigenous folks’s house. The massive problem right here is all the general public land in Constantia is being managed by property brokers.
“(Authorities) made selections that these brokers can use the land and promote it off to whoever wants it, however the Khoisan persons are not okay with this as a result of it’s our ancestral land and Muster Property Companies which has solely been established in 2012 are dealing with all the public land on behalf of the federal government,” stated Khoisan princess Belinda Petersen.
“We’re saying sufficient is sufficient and arms off our ancestral land. If land should be given again, it should be given again to the Khoi folks – we’re nonetheless doing ceremonies and rituals. In the event that they going to dump land to different folks it is going to be restricted. That is unacceptable,” she stated.
Muster Property Companies referred inquiries to the Division of Transport and Public Works.
Division spokesperson Jandré Bakker stated: “Entry was denied to a grouping of individuals to a property beneath our custodianship as it could negatively influence on service supply on the property.”
Stacy McLean, the spokesperson for Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Anroux Marais, stated the MEC would have interaction with the related stakeholders as soon as the small print of the matter had been confirmed.
Cayla Murray, the spokesperson for Security and Safety MEC Albert Fritz, stated the MEC had declined to remark.