Motlanthe concerned over slow progress in land restitution

The former president has cited budget constraints as one of the many hurdles in dealing with land restitution.

FILE: Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has raised concerns about the slow progress made in dealing with land restitution, citing budget constraints as one of the many hurdles.

Motlanthe says the first step in dealing with land redistribution is to do an audit to establish who owns what part of the country's land.

The former president is chairing a high-level panel appointed to assess the key legislation.

He says during public hearings he and his team heard that a 102-year-old man has waited 15 years to get his land claim processed.

Motlanthe says the restitution programme is taking far too long.

“The Land Commission has a very limited budget. Other complaints from people is that they understood how to make complaints but that formula is not being used anymore.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)