Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is conducting public hearings on land restitution to establish better ways of fast-tracking the process, which the government has admitted is expensive and difficult to handle.
During a round table discussion held at the party’s provincial office in Durban on Tuesday, provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Cyril Xaba said R7 billion had been invested in the process of land restitution in the province, which had settled only 14 000ha.
He told representatives from land rights organisations, traditional leaders and academics the government was disappointed that nationally it had managed to settle only 8% of claims by the end of its deadline last year, instead of its 30% target.
“Because of the cost we are unable to settle some cases, leading to the collapse of operations on the land,” said Xaba.
He said development finance banks had stringent lending policies which made it hard to secure loans to settle claims and finance new land owners.