After unsuccessfully trying for more than 22 years to lay claim to a portion of SA’s most expensive and prestigious school, labour tenants from KwaZulu-Natal have now taken their fight to the Constitutional Court. On Thursday, the Legal Resources Centre presented arguments to the country’s top court for the reinstatement of a Land Claims Court order to appoint a special master to oversee claims by families who laboured on farms in lieu of payments and permission to live on a portion of the farm. At the heart of the arguments at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg will be a portion of Hilton College’s 1,762ha property, which includes farmland, timber plantations and a game reserve. This portion of land has been the subject of a land claim by labour tenants for more than 22 years. But the private school, whose fees are about R300,000 a year, is disputing the claim that excludes the school buildings and sports fields. In 2016, the Land Claims Court found the department of rural...

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