Communities Challenge the Restitution of Land Rights Act

Civil Society will head to the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein to challenge the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act.

Former Director of Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), Constance Mogale, explains that the organisation’s disapproval of the Act comes as 8 000 claims that are still not finalised.

50 communities will hold a night vigil at the Constitutional Court to voice their disapproval of the timing of the new process.

The Act re-opened the land restitution process for another five years.

Appeal Court Slams Land Court Decision

The Supreme Court of Appeal has sharply criticised the Land Claims Court (LCC) for ruling that restoring tribal land in the North West to the Baphiring community is not feasible, without any evidence.

The Appeal judges referred the matter back to the LCC to reconsider the feasibility of restoring the agricultural land known as ‘old Mabaalstad’ in the Koster district to the community.

The LCC was also ordered to take into consideration the nature of the land and surrounding environment and changes that have taken place since the dispossession in 1971.

Move to Bolster Land Claims Rules

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is working on policies and guidelines on how to reopen land claims to redress the inequalities of the past.
Chief director of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre, Rachel Masango, states that a total of 313 properties have been acquired through the land reform programme in Gauteng since 1994.

Call to Transfer Tribal Land to the People

AgriSA says transferring land ownership from tribal authorities to the people who live there could help create wealth.

Speaking at a discussion hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation on the recent African National Congress policy conference in Johannesburg, AgriSA deputy president, Theo de Jager, said that this could enable more than 22 million people to own something that they could develop and sell.

Land Restitution Has Some Success – Report

A recently released report has found that financial compensation for land restitution is mostly well-spent, despite misgivings by the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights.

The report, ‘Paying for the Past: Addressing Past Property’, has found that in about 30 percent of the cases, the restitution award did produce ‘a substantial economic benefit’.

According to Professor Bernadette Atuahene, who prepared the report, the majority of these people spent their financial award on improving their current homes, to increase the value of their primary assets.

Namibian CSO to Hold Land Indaba

CSOs will jointly host a land workshop to review the current status of Namibia's land reform process, which they have criticised as slow and riddled with inconsistencies and allegations of corruption and favouritism.

Uhuru Dempers of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Namibia's Desk for Social Development (DfSD) says the conference will come up with an action plan which Government and specifically the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement will be expected to act upon.

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