Payout: claimants wait 18 years

2011-10-03 00:00

THE Department of Land Affairs and Rural Development has paid out claims to land claimants who were removed from kwaZenzele in the 1970s to 1983.

A total of 781 people received R54 650 each on Friday as compensation.

KwaZenzele Land Claimants committee chair Nhlanhla Khenisa said it had been a long wait until their demands were met.

“In 2003 the then land affairs Minister Thoko Didiza approved the claims, but nothing was paid to the people. We began to get suspicious of corruption as department officials failed to communicate progress with us.

“It took about 18 daunting years for the people’s dreams to be realised,” said Khenisa.

About 40 claimants had asked to be given their land back and the department has met their request, although some have since changed their minds and asked to be paid cash.

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