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No green light for Tlokweng 285 plots

The allocation of 285 plots in Tlokweng will have to wait until next year when the High Court is expected to hear and determine the matter.
By Isaiah Morewagae Tue 15 Oct 2013, 01:13 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: No green light for Tlokweng 285 plots








Yesterday, Justice Michael Mothobi of the Gaborone High Court set 2 April 2014 for arguments in a case filed by the Tlokweng Landboard.

The landboard is appealing the Land Tribunal's ruling to remit the case in which 17 people challenged the allocation. 

Last March, the tribunal president Boitumelo Kaisara, members Gordon Lecoge and Kebalepile Rutherford unanimously agreed and ordered that the Batlokwa land case be remitted to the Tlokweng Landboard for re-consideration.

Seventeen people had approached the tribunal to challenge the landboard's decision claiming they had a legitimate expectation to allocation as they had been interviewed.

They sought a temporary suspension of the physical allocation of the 285 plots by the landboard. The Land Tribunal ruled in their favour in all the matters.

At some point, the landboard resolved to rescind the allocation of residential plots to 285 applicants. Later it changed its mind and tried to go ahead with the allocation.

The landboard resolved to appeal the tribunal ruling on a point of law. It said the matter was not properly before the tribunal as no decision was ever made by the landboard on the subject matter.

The case emanated from 2009 when Tlokweng Landboard advertised 285 residential plots and around 17,000 people applied. The landboard consequently undertook a vetting exercise after consultation with the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

Following the consultation, 5,000 applicants were disqualified and 500 were short-listed through a raffle.

From the 500, a list of 200 applicants was prepared after interviews based on a weighted system biased towards Batlokwa to increase the probability of their allocation.

Things changed after the landboard realised the Tribal Land Act did not sanction preference to any tribe in allocations.

The landboard resolved that the raffle be re-done to select 285 applicants from the list of 12,000.

 



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