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Cape family’s land claim shock

Author: Leila Samodien

A Cape Town family fears that almost 20 years after lodging their land claim, their hopes of returning to Claremont – from where they were forced in the mid-1960s after it was declared a white area – may end up being dashed

They were recently informed, on enquiry, by the regional Land Claims Commission, that a valuer had found they had received “just and equitable compensation” at the time they were forced to sell.

According to the valuer’s findings, the value of the property at the time of the dispossession was R7 146. The family had received R7 500, meaning they had been “overcompensated” by R354.

The family now wants the matter to be reconsidered, taking into consideration all the circumstances of their forced removal.


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