SAHRC: Land claim hurdles remain

Cape Town - Problems with the land restitution process have not been fully solved and risk undermining the new five-year claim period, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Monday.

These included poor research capacity, delays caused by competing claims, incomplete cadastral surveys, and problems in calculating the value of land, the commission said in a report titled "Systematic Challenges Affecting the Land Restitution Process in SA".

"The commission remains concerned that these systemic challenges and gaps remain unresolved, and that, although the number of outstanding claims is not reliable... thousands of people have been waiting for almost two decades to have their matters dealt with."

The land reform and rural development department estimated that 397 000 land claims could be lodged during the second claim phase, which opened on 30 June. It faced a backlog of more than 8 000 from the first phase.

Minister Gugile Nkwinti has pledged to process existing and new claims simultaneously, and enlist research capacity from academic institutions to facilitate the new claim period, which ends in mid-2019.

He said earlier this year that new claims would be captured electronically to prevent a repeat of past problems with lost information.

"We will do [them] simultaneously, but we will prioritise the 1998 claims for payment. We will pay any claim that is ready for payment, irrespective of when it was lodged," he said.

The commission said the ministry had taken into account some of the concerns it had raised, because it was given insight into its findings before the report was completed.

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Kevin Baker 2014/08/18 08:57:33 PM
That will always be you're excuse for failure 'corn flakes' because your useless.
Bryan Jeff 2014/08/18 09:04:50 PM
Gary Kerwin 2014/08/18 09:28:20 PM
When this whole scenario has been played out, all that will be left. Handful of very rich black elite and millions of poor blacks. What's new
Train Shunter 2014/08/18 09:46:50 PM
I forsee lots of small communities of hunter / gatherers once the property has been stripped of anything of value. That's the stark reality.
Christo Wienand 2014/08/18 10:48:35 PM
Ufriope warning to Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti are cheeky to people in South Africa,he talk up a Fake to people in South Africa.ufriope are support for Human Right must over Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile getNkwinti must out of Pariletment in South africa.
Herman Booysen 2014/08/19 09:39:45 AM
I do not understand these numbers , 397 000 ,8000 etc , cause I didn't even know we had so many farms in SA or is there a different breakdown, were can one look at the detail ? is there any stats.
Tersia Louw 2014/08/19 12:46:45 PM
new claims would be captured electronically to prevent a repeat of past problems with lost information" By whom will this info be captured, Minister? Ever heard of GIGO?