ANC MP says give back ‘stolen land’

Government says it is investigating cases of people who received land fraudulently.

Government says it is investigating cases of fraud regarding land redistribution. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - People who have "stolen'' land should voluntarily return it to the state, ANC Member of Parliament (MP) Stone Sizani said on Thursday.

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform made the comment ahead of a two-day workshop on land redistribution in Parliament, Cape Town.

Officials will also discuss the reopening of the land claims process.

During a briefing, Sizani left journalists with more questions than answers.

"People falsify documents and have collaborators. There are agencies investigating this matter."

Sizani would not substantiate his claims, but said cases were being investigated.

"It is an interesting matter for us because we want people to get land."

Chairperson of the Agriculture Portfolio Committee Lulu Johnson warned the reopening of the land claims process could lead to tension, especially in mineral rich areas.

But he appealed for calm, saying productivity on farms should not be affected.

The ANC also announced that Parliament would establish a multi-party committee to look at land reform, redistribution and the reopening of the land claims process.

In February, President Jacob Zuma said government would pursue the "just and equitable" principle set out in the Constitution, instead of the "willing buyer, willing seller" principle.