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Outstanding Land Claims Noted By the Committee

The Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform has noted the report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the systematic challenges affecting the land restitution process in South Africa.

While the Committee appreciates progress made in the restoration of claimants’ land, it also notes that one of the challenges with the process is the backlog in claims lodged prior to 31 December 1998 and the lack of capacity to settle land claims timeously.

“The delays in processing claims are worrying, but the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights has plans to settle all backlogs and outstanding claims. In terms of the amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act, ‘old’ claims must be prioritised,” said the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Ms Phumzile Ngwenya-Mabila.

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