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KZN pays out R22m in land claims

Author: Chris Ndaliso

Durban – There were mixed emotions on Wednesday night at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, where 22 families received R22 million in compensation for the loss of their land and homes during apartheid. The moment brought closure, but at the same time reminded families about the hardships they faced when citizens were racially segregated and parts of the country reserved for white South Africans only.

The recipients were from Cato Manor, Chatsworth, Redhill, Pinetown, Durban central, Phoenix, Ifafa Beach and Harding on the south coast. Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo, chief commissioner of the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights, admitted that processing the claims had taken quite some time. Applications had begun in 1994 with a 1998 deadline, but the government had since extended the claim process to 2019 because some people were unaware it existed or did not know where to go to lodge a claim.

Ntloko-Gobodo told the families: “I acknowledge we took a very long time to finalise the first leg of the process, but it’s worth noting that this was a cumbersome task. From 2014 to October 2015, we received 23 000 new claims in KwaZulu-Natal. The claims will be evaluated and investigated to ascertain their authenticity.”

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