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Parliament in bid to stop cash payouts for land

Author: Khulekani Magubane

CASHING in on land claims could be scrapped if  MPs have their way. 

Parliamentarians are agitating for changes to the Restitution of Land Rights Act that could make it harder for claimants to choose cash over land. 

Members of the portfolio committee on rural development and land reform are irked that in the past year, in most instances, claimants have forgone receiving land in favour of cash payouts to the tune of R1.7bn. 

The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights presented its 2014-15 report to the committee yesterday. A total of 428 claims were settled, exceeding the target of 379, the commission said.

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