r18bn to sort land claims
The National Land Claims Commission needs two more years and R18billion to settle about 5000 outstanding claims nationwide.
According to acting land claims commissioner, Blessing Mphela, a total of 74808 claims out of 79696 have already been settled.
Speaking at a media briefing this week Mphela said the land restitution process has benefited 289937 households and about 1,4million people to date.
"As of last month, the state had allocated more than R16billion for all land claims nationwide.
"This resulted in 2621 (additinala) households receiving back 81050 hectares of land as part of an effort to fast-track the delivery of land in commemoration of the 95 years since the promulgation of the Native Land Act of 1913," Mphela said. "But we will need an extra two years plus R18billion to settle the claims," he said.
Mphela attributed the delay in settlements to disputes regarding the validity of some of the claims, exorbitant land prices, family disputes and boundary disputes involving traditional leaders.
Of the outstanding claims, 1722 are in KwaZulu-Natal, 829 in Mpumalanga, 671 in Limpopo, 595 in the Western Cape, 552 in the Eastern Cape, 215 in the Northern Cape, 213 in North West, 91 in the Free State and the remainder in Gauteng.