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No money for Zuma’s land plans

Author: Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

President Jacob Zuma may have called for the expedition of the land reform programme in his January 8 statement at the weekend, but the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform appears to not have the money to cover thousands of new land claims. 

It has been more than six months since Zuma signed into law the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, but the Rural Development and Land Reform Department does not have the almost R200 billion needed to cover the expected 400 000 new claims. Despite this, the department insists the new claims would be accommodated in the fiscus. 

The department said on Monday that 36 499 new claims had been lodged as at the end of November last year. 

However, it did not indicate where it would get between R129bn and R179bn to fund the new land claims.

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