Dept seeks to reclaim foreign-owned land
The Department of Land Affairs says it does not want foreigners to own South African land.
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Land Affairs is still working out whether foreign nationals, who own land in South Africa, will be able to keep it once a ban on foreigners owning land is imposed.
This was said by Deputy Land Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli on Wednesday.
Last week, Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti said once new legislation is passed by Parliament, foreigners will only be allowed to hold land under a long-lease system.
Tsenoli said government did not want foreigners to own land, but also did not want to break the law.
He said they were still trying to work out the full details of how the ban will work.
Tsenoli added foreigners would be able to occupy land for long periods.
"The proposal was made that people must lease land, say a minimum 30 years lease, depending on what you want to do on the land."
Tsenoli said they are still trying to finish an audit that would indicate how much land was owned by black people and how much by white people.
He also said any new law could not and would not be applied retrospectively.