Commission on Restitution of Land Rights 2nd & 3rd Quarter 2015/16 performance, with Deputy Minister
Author: Ms P Ngwenya-Mabila (ANC)
The Quarterly Reports showed the progress that had been made in dealing with claims. However discomfort was expressed at the pace of restitution. The Committee was very interested in the research aspect of the Commission’s brief. They asked whether, after involving research institutions, the 1 036 claims that were supposed to be researched as part of the target, would be fully dealt with; how this research was done; which service organisations assisted with the research; if the staff who dealt with research were properly trained; and if the Commission was capacitated to reach the targets especially given the outstanding claims.
Members asked for the timeline for the outstanding claims; the number of claims per province; what had happened to the R4,2 million; the progress on the move to autonomy; the Constitutional Court case and whether the target for the finalisation of claims would be met.
Members were informed about an organisation call Front National which submitted claims on behalf of Dutch South Africans; and asked how the Commission planned to deal with this. The Deputy Minister responded that all claims were dealt with as was dictated by the Act. The Committee heard about the rigours involved in dealing with the land audit.
The Committee advised that the 1998 claims had to finalised as soon as was possible. The Committee awaited the following reports and tasks from the Commission: Research intervention report; Provincial breakdown of the second and third quarter reports to facilitate committee oversight; the Exceptions policy covering those people whose land was taken before 1913; List of service providers by 4 March; Report on financial compensation for claims.
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