The Tlokweng Land Board has appealed against the Land Tribunal Court decision, urging it to reconsider its decision and give Batlokwa a hearing on a raffle conducted in the village.
The case related to allocation of plots in the village.
This was confirmed by the Land Board’s Public Relations Officer, Augustine Tseopo who said that they had taken a decision to appeal the judgment on the grounds that they feel that the judgment against them was unfair and would complicate their work of allocating land in the village.
“The reason we have decided to appeal is because we feel that the judgment is likely to undo a lot of things we have done to ease the problem of land we are facing in the village,” he said.
But the leader of the group that had taken the Land Board to Court, Thatayaone Matlapeng, says that the decision by the Land Board shows cowardice on their part as they do not want to face them.
“This just shows that they are scared to face us as they are not sure about their decision of putting the allocation of stands to raffle instead of allocating us as we have expected them to do,” he said.
In her judgment on the issue the Land Tribunal, President Sampa Kaisara, had, amongst other things, said that the Court is of the view that the matter should be remitted to the Land Board for consideration as there is no Land Board resolution on the matter.
She further explained that by consideration in this matter she means that the Land Board should not only tell the appellants about the outcome of the raffle process but that they should also be afforded appearance and be heard and an appropriate decision be made on the matter.