500 families to split R42m land payment

2012-01-05 14:23

East London - More than 500 Bhisho families are to split R42m paid by government under the land claims programme after losing their ancestral plots during apartheid, the Daily Dispatch reported on Thursday.

The money would be deposited into the claimants’ bank accounts next week - 14 years after two communities lodged claims with the national department of rural development and land reform.

The R42m was owed to 368 families in Tyutyu village and 153 families in Balasi village.

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti was making headway in settling all claims across South Africa in the next few years, his spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa was quoted as saying.

The Tyutyu village claimants were forcibly removed after the now-defunct Ciskei homeland became independent in 1981. They lost their residential homes and grazing land.

Some Tyutyu families would receive R95 303 in compensation for properties they lost, while others would get R56 377, totalling a R26m payout.

Just across Maitland Road in Bhisho, the Balasi village families would be paid R16.3m. They were removed to make way for the construction of the then-Ciskei capital shortly after 1981.

  • Walter - 2012-01-05 14:31

    Why do I get the impression that everybody just wants money, and nobody wants to work the land?

      Kacee - 2012-01-05 14:55

      This will probably spark some comments, but do they have proof it was taken and not bought?

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 15:30

      they don't need proof..... they will just demand and use the ancestors as an excuse to get money from the government.

      Flowingriver - 2012-01-05 15:34

      Keep the gravy flowing..........feels nice to be black! More gravy please!

      Kim - 2012-01-05 16:24

      @Elbie why should they build their own homes if the government can give them free homes??? A payout does not mean that the taxpayer is absolved. The taxpayer still has to pay to house them!!!

  • Azande - 2012-01-05 14:32

    Thank you on behalf of the families. Better than nothing. Keep pumping them please, our people need the compensation.

      Vytjie - 2012-01-05 15:27

      They doing just that Azanda. Pumping all the time. That is why each slice is so small.

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 15:32

      compensation for what? your people are an unstoppable caner devouring resources without giving anything back to the country!

      Blade - 2012-01-05 15:35

      Compensation for breeding like flies?

      Sean - 2012-01-05 18:31

      @Azande- Keep on pumping and you`ll soon be back in the bush !!

  • Joos - 2012-01-05 14:32

    Wonderfull news. I hope they know how to invest the money and they should not take any financial advise from the chief.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-05 15:08

      Ja Joos. We should all hope so. It will be interesting to see what each family does with the money and what they have to show for it in say 5 years time.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-05 14:35

    I feel good for the families that have been compensated, my concern is with the new South Africa I class myself as newly disadvantaged. If fatboy comes into power and he goes the same direction as Zim my children one day will be waiting for their compensation...although I do feel they will not be waiting with their hands open whilst waiting for the government cheque.

  • Gerda - 2012-01-05 14:41

    According to my calculations each would get R84 000.00. If they where clever enough they would keep the R42m and build something which would secure them regular income such as a shopping centre?

      GoodFella - 2012-01-05 14:45

      Good suggestion. However, I assume most of the families would welcome the instant financial gratification to relieve long-term debt. If not, I would love to be invited to all the parties that will follow!

      Jan - 2012-01-05 15:16

      They wont. The money will be finished in less than 2 month. 84 000 is very little. You cant build a house on that money.

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 15:40

      i can imagine it going towards some chickens, cows and a party.

      Derek - 2012-01-06 00:07

      reunion: I also got the calculator out but i went one step further and assumed each family was a family of 6 (if anyone knows how deep the "family" runs please let me know)that's 14k each not that much but it does give a good headline ;and win votes; when the amount flashed in news papers is 42m

  • Jim - 2012-01-05 14:49

    Waste of taxpayers money, it will all be squanderedon drink and drugs

  • Msholozi - 2012-01-05 14:57

    im happy that justise is served becuase the crime must be paid there a long road the land must be given back

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-05 15:28

      This is their compensation for their land being taken...are you suggesting they get land too now?fyi justice

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 15:33

      all they will do is destroy the land like everything else....

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-05 15:36

      Msholozi - you want gravy with that train?

      Beetroot - 2012-01-05 15:50

      Msholozi - I bet you you wont know a single person who is on the receiving end of that 42 million. You nor your family will benefit one bit from anything the ANC do. Being a supporter of the ANC does not entitle you to elite membership. In fact 90% of the ANC supporters will go to their graves without a single benefit! Viva drinking water!

  • Never-apologize - 2012-01-05 15:19

    @Walter and Aish, yours is just sheer ignorance. firstly it becomes financial compensation because the land is already occupied, so would you allow somebody to come to your plot and "work the Land" Aish, what proof? and by Who? unless of course you will have the records....

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-05 15:47

    I would love to see the names on bank deposits and who really has their fingers in the pie. Bet most of the land owners are sitting in Parliament!

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-05 15:54

    With the party that is being held in the Anc's mismangement honor imagine how many famies they could have assisted??? If not for housing / compensation could atleast have fed 400 000 families for a month surely that would have been money better spent at the end of the day as long as they have their cake they dont care, fatboy prime example - I fight for you out of my 16mil place whilst you are living in tin - viva stupidity!

  • Zion - 2012-01-05 16:02

    42 000 000 for 500 families is about R84 000 per family. Think of all the scam corps and bodies alighting on this stash and ripe for the picking. Fraudulent home makers and unheard of building companies will be plying their wares and end result: Very few new homes and many disgruntled losers will be back at blaming the Bosse Nova for their losses.

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-05 16:09

    Eish wena I like thes govament free hand outs everywhere , no need to wek but compensation will always follow , all I need to do is demand demand demand.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-01-05 20:02

    R84 000 for being booted out of your home over 30 years ago? These poor families are just being paid off to shut up and go away. They deserve more.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-06 01:48

    Another case of 'LET THE CRAVY FLOW'. VEry soon we will be reading of 'Family Gravy Train Disputes' in Bhisho. Watch this space.

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