“With land restitution you have to show that you are a legitimate claimant, that your great-grandparents or grandparents occupied a piece of land, or houses and were forcibly removed.
“With the restitution programme, you to have to prove the right to your claim, and often there’s no documentation available and it becomes a very complicated legal process,” Cronin said.
He said as families grew bigger, it became difficult to know who should really get the land, with another factor being that not all people necessarily wanted to go back to the land that was taken away because they had moved on to live in towns and cities.
“A lot of the claimants are taking money compensation instead of actually going back to the land. And that’s fair, because huge injustices were committed against black people,” said Cronin.