More land claims made: Nkwinti
Johannesburg - Land claimants who missed the lodging period have appealed for financial compensation, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Friday.
However, he told them it was impossible for the government to legally "entertain their demands", his office said in a statement.
Nkwinti met the claimants in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Friday, as part of the land reform green paper consultations. The submission period has been extended until the end of December.
The claimants had missed the claims lodging period between 1995 and 1998.
"Most of the claimants said they had previously worked on the surrounding farms and had been forcibly removed their land and residential areas," Nkwinti's spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa said in a statement.
They would have to make submissions to the department’s land reform green paper consultation unit asking for land claims to be reopened and for the Restitution Act and the Constitution to be amended.