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Reclaiming the soil of the past

Paulinah Hadebe (74) shows her old dompas, one of the documents she is using to lodge a claim on a portion of the Rondebeel Farm near Lindley. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo

03 May 2015


Paulinah Hadebe (74) shows her old dompas, one of the documents she is using to lodge a claim on a portion of the Rondebeel Farm near Lindley. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo

Paulinah Hadebe (74) shows her old dompas, one of the documents she is using to lodge a claim on a portion of the Rondebeel Farm near Lindley. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo

By Sizwe Sama Yende

It is a balmy Saturday morning in Phuthaditjhaba, a town in the Free State near the Lesotho border.

Groups of mostly elderly men and women with blankets draped around their shoulders trudge up the steps into Charles Mopeli Stadium towards three buses parked on the grounds.

Over the next few months, these mobile offices will travel from town to town to help people who missed the chance to lodge land-restitution claims before the December 31 1998 cut-off date.

Read the full article from News24.

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