SAHRC: Land restitution issues 'unresolved'

Understaffing and inadequate research capacity are some of the challenges, according to a report by the SAHRC.

A report by the SAHRC says problems with the land restitution process have not been resolved. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN -Problems with the land restitution process have not been resolved, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Monday.

Understaffing, a lack of technical skills and inadequate research capacity are some of the challenges hindering the restitution process.

These are among the findings contained in the SAHRC's report which says systemic challenges and gaps remain unresolved.

Thousands of people have been waiting for almost two decades to have their cases dealt with.

The report cautions new claims may undermine the conclusion of existing claims.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform estimates 397,000 land claims may be lodged during the second claim phase which opened in June.

Earlier this year, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said new claims would be captured electronically to prevent a repeat of past problems with lost information.

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.