In the report tabled by Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in Parliament yesterday, the department was still trying to process many more claims.
The Constitutional Court had ordered Parliament to rectify the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill by last year. But Parliament had not finalised the legislation despite requesting an extension from the Constitutional Court.
In the annual report for the 2018/19 financial year the Land Claims Commission said they settled claims for 177 623 hectares of land. This cost the government more than R881 million for the land.
“A total of 37 902 people benefited from the restitution programme and a total of over R1.7bn was transferred to beneficiaries in the form of financial compensation,” stated the commission in the annual report.