Land Court Bill Heads to Parliament

Written by on 1 March, 2021

By: Zilungile Mkhize & Lindelani Mbatha

Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, says the Land Court Bill will ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims.

The minister has been briefing media in Pretoria, following Cabinet’s approval for submission of the Bill to parliament for processing.

The bill is the outcome of the work done by the Inter Ministerial Committee on Land Reform, chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza, and aims to resolve challenges being experienced under the Restitution of Land Rights Act, such as backlogs in land claims and dispute resolution mechanisms.

The bill also seeks to address the systemic hurdles that make it difficult for land claimants to obtain land restitution.

Lamola says it must lead to better settlements, reduce the scope for corruption and avert the bundling of claims into dysfunctional mega-claims that lead to conflict.

He adds that this bill is a tangible intervention to improve the running of all three elements of land reform.

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Meanwhile, Land Reform Minister, Thoko Didiza, says they are pleased that, now they will have a court that will directly deal with land reform.

Didiza adds that the introduction of the Land Court Bill will promote access to land on equitable basis and contribute to a speedy resolution to land related matters.

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