SACP to help push land claims

2013-04-10 00:00

THE SA Communist Party in KwaZulu-Natal will help communities with land claims once the process is reopened it said yesterday.

Community trustees who oversee redistributed land after the claims are granted would be monitored, said SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

He was speaking after the party’s provincial lekgotla in Durban, where it developed a programme of action for the year.

Mthembu said some of the community trustees tended to steal the land for selfish gains.

“Farmers who evicted their workers because they cannot afford the minimum wage will not be immune to the process,” he said.

“We will pursue this national campaign to ensure that the land is located firmly within the overall context of a developmental agenda, especially on rural development goals.”

Mthembu said rural communities whose land claims failed would be assisted to push their claims through.

The SACP’s land claims programme comes barely a week after King Goodwill Zwelithini gave amakhosi two months to consult his subjects on whether he should lead a campaign to lodge a claim for land that he claimed the Zulu nation lost more than a century ago.

The SACP and Zwelithini’s initiatives come two months after President Jacob Zuma said the land claims process would be re-opened.

Zuma said the beneficiaries would be communities who missed the 1998 deadline for land claims and those who had been dispossessed before 1913.

His spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said yesterday there was much being done to reopen the land claims process.

The matter is being handled by the Rural Development and Land Reform Department. The minister, Gugile Nkwinti, could not be reached for comment.

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