Scores lodge land claims

2015-09-24 06:00

SCORES of people from communities all over Hibiscus Coast Municipality lined up outside Port Shepstone Civic Centre to lodge land claims in the mobile land-claims commission lodgement bus that was made available for three days - from 16 to 19 September.

A land-claim officer said on the first day that more than 100 people came to register their claims.

“The people were given an option to register or lodge claims as an individual or as a community,” he said.

The mobile office, which is going around the province, enables people who have not registered their claims to do so before the 30 July, 2019 cut-off period.

He said those who had already registered or lodged claims were not assisted as their claims were in the process of investigations.

“Those who have claimed and were reimbursed with land or money may not reapply.”

The officer said people from all over the province can register with any mobile office or land commission office.

“It does not mean that if you are from Zululand you can’t register here today. You can as long as you have the required documents and relevant information,” he said.

One community member said the land claims are causing problems in some families as every member wants to lodge a claim individually.

The officer explained that the only person who can lodge a claim of their forefathers land is a direct descendant of the person whose land was taken away from them - a grandchild, a representative of a company whose land was taken away from them, or a community-chosen leader.

“The rightful owner of the land can register, a grandchild, or if there is no other family member, the wife of the deceased owner can register.

“When registering there are documents that one is required to submit - an ID, a letter from the authority stating­ that you are the rightful member of the family, a letter signed by the community members you representing, minutes of meetings held by community members and a letter stating the plot of land that was taken and the history of the land to prove that the land belonged to you or the community.”

More mobile land-claim lodgement bus visits will be taking place in other municipalities and the community will be notified via the media and through municipal communication departments of the dates

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