Small-scale farmers are living in fear while land-grabbers destroy their sugar cane crops with bulldozers in Inanda, north of Durban.
The farmers have now turned to the court and police for intervention.
Although the land-grabs have been sporadic over the past two years, the area has been tense since last Wednesday.
Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said Verulam police escorted one of the farmers to the Inanda Tea Estate area after receiving allegations of trespassing on Wednesday.
“Police approached a male who was on site, who produced documents saying that he had purchased the land from the local inkosi.
“Police also asked the complainants for their title deeds, which they did not have in their possession. Police informed the complainants to get their title deeds and to open a case of land invasion,” Gwala said.
“Farmers are helpless. We have to be productive to meet our sugar cane supply agreements. Nearly 750 staff have been affected because of intimidation and a volatile situation. We are working with a few staff,” Naicker said.
Police also advised farmers to liaise with the relevant authorities pertaining to land invasion.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation address, said that land expropriation without compensation would be done without damaging the economy, agricultural production or food security.