Land claims reopened

2015-10-29 06:00

AS part of educating and informing communities about the reopening of the lodgement of land claims, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights’ office in the Free State is hosting a series of information sessions.

The aim is to inform communities about who qualifies to lodge a land claim, on documentation and information needed and to make it known that lodging a land claim is a free government service.

Anyone who wishes to lodge a claim can do so at the commission’s office in Bloemfontein or at a mobile lodgement office that will visit areas far from the Bloemfontein office, to give all qualifying citizens an opportunity.

Persons and communities that were dispossessed of their rights in land, on or after 19 June 1913, as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices, and who did not lodge their claims with the commission on Restitution of Land Rights during the first phase which ended on 31 December 1998, qualify to lodge a land claim.

The second phase of lodging land claims started on 1 July 2014 and the new cut-off date is 30 June 2019.

Information sessions have already been held in Odendaalsrus, Bothaville, Sasolburg, Bethlehem, Kroonstad and Bethulie, amongst others. These sessions will be held continuously every week in various towns in the Free State.

Claimants now have five years, until 30 June 2019, to lodge further claims.

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