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It could take 144 years to settle land claims, warns researcher

Author: Janet Heard

Briefing the Rural Development and Land Reform committee at Parliament on Tuesday, University of Western Cape Professor Ruth Hall said the department estimated that 379 000 new claims would be lodged between 2014 and the cut-off date of 2019.


At the same workshop, the department revealed that 123 571 new claims had been lodged so far in the reopened process.


“According to the commission’s track record and if the forecasts are correct and assuming the process will be at the same rate as before, it would take 144 years to resolve all the claims,” said Hall, who is based at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).


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