The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has overturned an eviction order issued by the National Land Acquisition and Allocation Control Committee against a Western Cape farmer.
Ivan Cloete was facing eviction from the farm that was previously allocated to him by the department.
He was allocated a farm in Colenso in Darling, Western Cape, however, he was then given a relocation notice.
In a report, on the investigation conducted by DALRRD into the Cloete matter, submitted to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Mandla Mandela, the Department admitted that “It is clear that ever since 2012, Mr. Cloete was not treated fairly.”
The report further states that: “From the investigation, it is clear that the Colenso farm was to be allocated to Mr. Cloete but senior officials of the Department decided to allocate it to yet another person.”
The report recommended that “Consequence management be taken against all senior management and officials who participated in the identified irregularities and mismanagement.”
Cloete will now be allocated Colenso farm, which is the farm that he currently resides in, and will be provided with a 30-year lease agreement on the same terms that are applicable to commercial leases.