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Land claims a Sisyphean task for the state

20 March 2015

By Cherryl Walker

The scale – and cost – of the task of sorting out and settling restitution claims is staggering.

For those familiar with the mid-1990s land restitution programme, there was a strong sense of déjà vu about press reports on the reopened process: hopeful claimants queuing up to lodge claims, diligent officials working hard to assist them, optimistic managers talking up the systems that will ensure the process runs smoothly, and an earnest minister emphasising the importance of “rekindling” the class of black farmers that the 1913 Natives Land Act destroyed, while maintaining the productive use of land.

Read the full article from Mail&Guardian.

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