‘Land laws review needed to protect the poor’

2008-06-16 00:00

A review of the country’s land laws is needed to secure the socio-economic rights for the landless rural poor as entrenched in the Constitution.

He warned, however, that when addressing such “gaps”, lawmakers must ensure that the rights of the landowners are also not trampled upon. “… if we speak of burial rights for the farm dwellers, you need to also consider the rights of the farmer, who may suffer more if you allow his land to be indiscriminately used as a cemetery,” he said.

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