Draft Land Rights Amendment Bill approval in 2-week


NATIONAL: (By Faisal Muhammad)– The draft Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill is expected to be tabled before cabinet for approval in two weeks’ time.

That is according to the Chief Commissioner for the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights Nomfundo Gobodo. She was briefing Parliament’s Adhoc Committee on “Reversing the Legacy of the 1913 Natives Land Act”.

The proposed amendments seeks to reopen the lodgment of land claims for those who missed the 1998 cut-off date and for the Khoi-San people who were dispossessed of their land prior to 1913.

Gobodo says they are waiting for the final cabinet approval.

“The dates we are looking at which are possibly available for the possible amending is August 28 and for full cabinet it would be September 4,” says Gobodo.

She says the Amendment Bill has also gone through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) process.

“We have been attending weekly task team meetings and that process will be finalised September 21,” says Gobodo.

The Amendment Bill also seeks to criminalise fraudulent land claims

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