Stephen Selaluke
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6 Mar 2016
10:57 am

Millions of rands handed to land claimants

Stephen Selaluke

R50 641 545.96 was officially handed to the families and communities that opted for financial compensation.

he Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha hands over a cheque to land claimants. Photo: Rekord East.

People came from various parts of Gauteng as the deputy minister of rural development and land reform as well as other government officials handed over millions of rand and title deeds to land claimants.

The event took place at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria on Saturday morning, Rekord East reported.

The minister of rural development and land reform Gugile Nkwinti was not present due to family commitments.

More than R50 million in financial compensation was given to families, individuals and communities from the Pretoria area who were dispossessed of land during the apartheid era.

The claimants had their rights for land restored, after they successfully lodged land claims with the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights, during the initial lodging period that ended in December 1998.

Other families who were successful in restoring their land were financially compensated. They are the Skosana and Mthimunye families as well as the Kafferskraal and Vygeboschlaagte communities.

A total of 23 title deeds were handed over to beneficiaries that opted for land restoration and R50 641 545.96 was officially handed to the families and communities that opted for financial compensation.

The deputy minister of rural development and land reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha said the process was not easy and took time because the department wanted to make sure the land and financial compensation went to the rightful owners.

The office still has outstanding land claims lodged mainly in the Tshwane metro area.

“We are working around the clock to satisfy all the families,” said Skwatsha.

– Caxton News Service