Protector to investigate land claims

2011-08-30 20:18

Johannesburg - Complaints regarding the land claims process, made at a community meeting at Manenberg outside Cape Town, will be investigated urgently, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.

Jane Mzongwana, a representative of the Guguletu community, said land claims had not been properly documented and claimants were not educated about the process or consulted, leaving them at a disadvantage.

Madonsela said she would "urgently" look into the matter.

The community also lodged a number of other complaints during the community outreach meeting.

Residents of an old age home said the fees they paid were too high and they also resented paying value added tax (VAT), as they had paid tax during their working lives.

Concerns were raised about a school that allegedly expelled pupils who could not pay their school fees.

"We will find out exactly what happened and if you were wronged, we'll find a remedy," Madonsela said.

She said organs of state should organise their own mechanisms to deal with complaints competently and credibly.

  • Francois - 2011-08-30 21:56

    With what money Public Protector? You don't have money to investigate Malema, but you have for this? Are you not suppose to do or be able to do your job without fear or favour? Are you going to explain to these people that VAT does not have an age restriction, it is tax you pay for being economic active? Or will they rather live in the rural area under a chief and live on a hand out of government, that buys their votes with a bag of mealie meel?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-31 07:02

    Nothing wrong with investigating this. But did anybody notice the redirection of Thuli? After the Cele thing there were threats. Now, 1)she is to probe apartheid era wrongdoing 2) Zille advertising tender 3)There is no money to probe Malema and now 4) another Western Cape probe.

  • Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-31 10:03

    Funny, just a few days ago the Public Protector states there is no money for any investigations, now there is enough for an urgent investigation on Land Claims. I would have thought that this was not a priority, Julius Malema's crooked dealings are far more of a priority as the longer it takes to get under way, the more time there is for the paper trail to disappear.

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