Scopa slams lack of land reform figures

2012-02-22 09:12

Cape Town - It was "scandalous" that the rural development department did not know how much land the state owned, Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) said on Tuesday.

"Don't you really think that it's scandalous that people who have submitted their claims more than 10 years ago... we still cannot be able to say this is what has been submitted to us, this is what has been processed, this is what is outstanding," Scopa chairperson Themba Godi said, SABC news reported.

"Maybe it's a reflection on the department, maybe it's a reflection on us as Parliament as well, but I'm just saying for the people out there, what a let-down."

This emerged as the department's director general Mdu Shabane appeared before the committee to discuss its audit report for 2010/2011.

"We are hugely embarrassed by this," Shabane told the committee.

He said the department was busy finalising a register to reflect how many hectares had been sold, how much land the state owned and how many land claims still needed to be gazetted.

Godi said this was "very depressing" and that "drastic measures" were required to fix the situation.

  • Motho - 2012-02-22 09:51

    I actually felt a cold shiver down my spine, after reading this article. This is definately an insult to the land dispossed majority in this country.

      bernpm - 2012-02-22 12:11

      It is an insult not just to the so called "dispossessed" but to the entire nation that a whole department, responsible for addressing a sensitive issue for all in SA, can falter completely and has no data to show for. Just fire the lot and start from scratch with competent people.

  • SJBotha - 2012-02-22 09:54

    All land reform should be stopped untill a complete and independant audit is completed. Furthermore a system should be devised to determine who may own land for agricultural purposes and strick laws imposed to ensure land is used productively. How much land a person owns should be no issue, but only the poductivity of the land. All former homeland areas should also be included in the official land ownership registers and be made to abide by productivity laws.

      bernpm - 2012-02-22 12:14

      Agreed ,land productivity should be key. Add productivity targets to the conditions. Remember the words of an old farmer: "you cannot eat land"

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-22 10:34

    Just look at what has been hired to work in the rural development department.

  • Brett - 2012-02-22 10:44

    Why is it only blacks that can claim land for free? I was born here and so were my parents. Where is my free "ancestoral land"?

  • Craig - 2012-02-22 12:08

    what were you expecting???

  • Hendrik - 2012-02-22 13:30

    The blind is leading the blind.......or is dumb and dumber.

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