28 March 2014

South Africa: Land Restitution Bill Passed

The passing of the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has been welcomed by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

The bill seeks to re-open the window for persons or communities disposed of their land after 1913, due to past discriminatory laws and policies to lodge claims for their properties.

"The Bill will now be submitted to the President for signature. The re-opening of the lodgement of claims will take place once amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act 22 of 1994 have been signed into law by the President," said the department on Friday.

Details of how to lodge claims will be published once the amendments to the Restitution laws have been finalised.

It emphasised that application forms for lodging claims will be distributed free of charge to all qualifying South Africans.

"The public is therefore warned against individuals who approach prospective claimants offering to assist with the lodging of land claims and charging them a fee. Since the public became aware of the possible reopening, a number of such scams have been reported in some of provinces."

- SAnews.gov.za

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