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Kruger National Park land claimants to be compensated

The Commission of Restitution of Land Rights says they will not be able to return to the land.

The Kruger National Park. Picture: Laura Clancy/Primedia Broadcasting.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission of Restitution of Land Rights says people who claimed land from the Kruger National Park will not be able to return to the land but will be financially compensated today.

The commission's director Tele Maphoto says this is because the park is a national asset.

Maphoto says only people removed from the land after 1930 were allowed to claim.

He adds people were moved during the time of the expansion of the park.

He understands people may have also been removed before 1930, but those people will not qualify for compensation.

Maphoto says this is the first group of people to have their claims settled at the park.

He goes on to say today is a symbolic gesture of the settlements.

"This will be the first batch of claims to be settled in the Kruger Park. It's a ceremony and a symbolic gesture."

Each family will receive R110,000. "The amount for compensation totals to about R84 million for the communities combined, but we can give individual amounts to the communities."

The director says there are various phases to the settlements of the Kruger Park claims.