Minister considers amendments to new Land Act

Traditional leaders met with Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Thursday to raise concerns.

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CAPE TOWN - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says it may be necessary to amend the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act following an outcry by traditional leaders.

The legislation came into effect on Wednesday.

The act allows municipalities to establish tribunals to decide on applications for land use and development.

Members of the National House of Traditional Leaders met with Nkwinti on Thursday to discuss their concerns over the legislation.

He says they've raised "fair" issues.

"We discussed it ourselves as the department. When we look at the law, especially chapter six, we discussed and agreed that it may be necessary for us to ask for an amendment of that."

Traditional leaders have called on Nkwinti to suspend the implementation of the legislation until it is amended.