40 arrested illegal occupants who had besieged Heany Junction state farm in Umguza were remanded out of custody for unlawfully occupying state land.

The 40 accused persons were arrested on the 8th of this month.

The state prosecutor said the accused have been unlawfully occupying the land from 2013 to November 2017. 

On the 7th of this November members from the Ministry of Lands and Rural Settlements, in the company of law enforcement agents informed the accused to vacate the farm land.

On the 8th of November the law enforcers visited the farm for the second time and they found the illegal settlers still occupying the land leading to their arrest.

The accused appeared before magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi and requested bail which was granted.

The matter is set for trial on the 15th of this month.