‘FARMER FENCED US IN LIKE ANIMALS’

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‘FARMER FENCED US IN LIKE ANIMALS’

RESIDENTS of a farm in Muden, near Greytown in KZN, struggle to leave their village. They travel long distances to access the nearest road and reach rivers.They told Daily Sun a farm owner decided to put up a fence around his property. They said the fence restricted them as they couldn’t use the short cuts they had used for years. A resident, Silindile Dladla (30), said this was a violation of their rights as residents of the farm.She said they were now forced to draw water from a crocodile-infested river. Silindile said the previous farmer sold the farm to the current owner in 2016. “Then last year he put up a fence around it. The fencing was completed this year.” She said they asked him not to fence the area, but he wouldn’t listen.Another resident, Hloniphile Buthelezi (56), said they were locked inside the farm like animals. Their children were forced to climb over the fence to get to school. “I’m old, so I can’t jump over the fence. There’s only one gate and we’re all forced to use it,” she said.The farmer said: “The fence does not cause trouble for residents. In fact, we’re in the process of handing over the land to them. “Perhaps in the next six months everything will be sorted and most residents are pleased.”He said a few were unhappy and creating stories to make him look bad. Silindile and Hloniphile said he was lying.

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