Tshwane probing Dinokeng land claims

Residents claim they are entitled to land within the Dinokeng Big Five Nature Reserve.

Residents claim they are entitled to land within the Dinokeng Big Five Nature Reserve. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane is investigating claims by residents of Dinokeng, north of the capital, that they are entitled to a portion of land within the Dinokeng Big Five Nature Reserve.

Last week locals held a protest and damaged a section of the electric fence and set alight a section of land inside the wild life park.

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They claim the land is theirs and want animals kept within the park to be moved to make space for them.

The City of Tshwane's Blessing Manale said, "They aren't entitled to the land and it means there was fraud to buy land. The matter is now a police matter and the city can help the community to get their money or identify the perpetrators."

Yesterday the game reserve warned residents in surrounding areas that wild animals may escape from the park.

Dinokeng manager Piet Venter said repairs to the fence could take six days to complete.

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Community leaders have met with residents to discuss the land issue.