54 351 new land claims submitted so far – Pieter Groenewald
Author: Pieter Groenewald
Already 54 351 new restitution land claims in terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, 15 of 2014, have been submitted. This figure was released by the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr. Gugile Nkwinti, in response to a question in Parliament of Dr. Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus.
“New restitution land claims was re-opened for five years until 2019. The 54 351 new claims in less than a year after the re-opening of the process, already makes up 68% of the 79 600 claims which had been submitted between 1994 and 1998. After 16 years, there are still nearly 5 000 of the initial claims which have not been finalised. If the current figure is projected over a period of five years, more than 200 000 claim can be expected. The department itself expects more than 300 000 claims. If it took 16 years to finalise 75 000 claims, it would take more than half a century to finalise 200 000 claims,” Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the parliamentary spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform said.
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