The Concept of Communal Property Ownership. The case of Entabeni Community - Dumisani Majola(Member of Entabeni community)
Entabeni community consists of eight households. These households used to be labour tenant households on a farm, but when the new land laws came into effect they bought land communally. A Communal Property Association was established to hold and manage the land on behalf of the community. A Constitution was drafted, outlining agreements binding community members.
Disputes started around the terms of office of the CPA committee. Some office bearers refused to relinquish their positions during elections. This caused tensions in the community. People started disregarding the Constitution and went beyond the limit in terms of livestock numbers per household. The farm became overgrazed.
There were concerns as well about some people having huge cropping fields and that agreements set up to resolve this were not honoured. These problems fueled tensions within the community and even created bad blood between family members. Attempts to resolve these tensions were in vain. Physical attacks and exchanges of swear words went on in meetings purporting to find solutions.
The ideals of a communal property ownership, once the dream of a community, have disappeared.