Nkwinti hits out at the glacial pace of land redistribution

The Minister is speaking at the ANC round table discussion on the progress of the land reform programme.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says the process of transferring land from one group to another has been too slow.

Nkwinti was speaking at an African National Congress (ANC) round table discussion on the progress and challenges in South Africa's land reform process.

Panellists at today's talk say current laws must be implemented more effectively to speed up land claims and redistribution.

The Minister says challenges such as the burden of proving land ownership are affecting the pace at which land redistribution takes place.

"These are the challenges facing us in South Africa. Let's start with the process; it has been rather slow."

He says administrative factors have also contributed to the slow pace of change in land ownership.

The 1913 cut-off date has also been listed as a challenge preventing effective redistribution - particularly for Khoi and San people who lost their land long before the legalised land grabs of that year.

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