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Why 1913 should be kept as the cut-off date for land claims

Author: Charles Simkins

Charles Simkins argues that the costs would outweigh the benefits for a number of reasons.

Section 25 (7) of the Constitution established the right of individuals and communities who were deprived of property after 19 June 1913, as a result of past racial laws, to either restitution of their property or equitable redress.

It is now being debated whether the cutoff date is appropriate or whether it was a compromise made in 1994 which should now be rescinded if sufficient support can be found in Parliament.

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