Zuma to sign new land claims bill into law

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PAR­LIA­MENT — Con­tro­ver­sial draft leg­is­la­tion to re­open the land resti­tu­tion process moved a step closer to be­com­ing law this week when it was passed by the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces.

The Resti­tu­tion of Land Rights Amend­ment Bill sets a new dead­line for land claims to De­cem­ber 31, 2018. The pre­vi­ous dead­line was De­cem­ber 31, 1998.

The mea­sure was passed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly last month, fol­low­ing heated de­bate.

All that re­mains now is for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to sign the bill into law.

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and land re­form depart­ment wel­comed the bill’s pas­sage through the NCOP.

“The re­open­ing of 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.”

It ad­vised prospec­tive claimants that claims would only be ac­cepted once this had been done.

“The depart­ment also wants to em­pha­sise 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,” it said.

— Sapa.

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