Group to challenge Land Act

The National Land Claims Forum will ask government to restart the land claims programme.

Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: ruraldevelopment.gov.za

TSHWANE - A land rights organisation on Tuesday said it will lobby government and the ANC ahead of the ruling party's Mangaung conference in December.

The National Land Claims Forum (NLCF) said it will ask government to restart the land claims programme.

On Tuesday, the group met with almost 30 people at the Atteridgeville Community Hall in Tshwane, to discuss the issue.

In terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Act and the Land Reforms Act, the cut-off date for submitting claims was the end of 1998.

NLCF's Chuene Mosupoe said the deadline did not give land claimants enough time to act.

"We felt that it was a short period because if you measure it, the white government was there [in power] for 342 years and enjoyed priority of land and even means of production, such as farms and all that."

Earlier in 2011, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Kwintisaid said he would consider exceptions, but only for land belonging to descendents of Khoi and San communities in the Cape.