Land restitution to be handled electronically

The process will help people who had land taken away from them during apartheid to lodge claims.

Minister of Rural Development Land Reformation Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says access to land is a fundamental element in the transformation of the country's rural economy.

President Jacob Zuma signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act into law this week.

Legislation reopened the land claims process.

Nkwinti says the process will be conducted electronically.

The minister says 14 lodgement offices and sites have been opened across the country, where residents can go for assistance.

"A total of 371,191 households involving 1.83 million individuals have benefitted from this programme."

This will enable South Africans who had land taken away from them during apartheid, to lodge claims until the end of July 2019.

Nkwinti says mobile units will also be deployed to remote areas.