Nkwinti: R24bn spent on land restitution

President Jacob Zuma on Monday signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act into law.

FILE: Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Around R24 billion has been spent on land restitution up until March 2014, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma on Monday signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act into law.

It provides for the reopening of the land claim process for those who missed the 31 December 1998 deadline.

Approximately 80,000 claims were lodged by the end of the first deadline.

Starting on Tuesday, South Africans who had land taken away from them during apartheid can lodge claims until the end of July 2019.

It's estimated that 3,5 million people were forcibly removed from land using oppressive apartheid laws.

Nkwinti says since the inception of the restitution programme, about 1,8 million people have benefited.