Lost Bantustan records delay audit of state-owned land

2013-03-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Important documents which had been lost during South Africa’s transition to democracy were this week blamed for the ongoing delays in the national audit of state-owned land.

On Wednesday Siyabonga Mdubeki of the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs tabled a written submission to the parliamentary portfolio committee, in which it was stated that “fundamental documents” were lost during the transition to democracy.

Another challenge which Mdubeki pointed out was that one of the core aims and results of apartheid had been the unco-ordinated management of state-owned land through Bantustans.

This means that large tracts of state-owned land are not listed on official surveyors’ maps.

One of the problem areas is part of the Umzimkulu district in KwaZulu-Natal which used to be a piece of Transkei between Kokstad and Ixopo.

He said surveyors had almost completed measuring this section of land and the department had issued a table showing how much land was owned by the state and how much was privately-owned.

He said KwaZulu-Natal was the only province in which the state owned the greater part of the land. This was largely because the land of the former kwaZulu had been placed under the Ingonyama Trust.

Mdubeki said some 111 000 new surveys still had to be done on sections of state-owned land in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

This included a survey of some 963 529 hectares in the Limpopo part of the Kruger National Park.

It is expected that the surveys will be completed at the end of March, after which the department will start to list state- owned land.

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