Corruption in land restitution and redistribution process

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP

“Deputy President, it is clear from the findings of the High Level Panel Report that, for the most part, the main source of anger among landless people is not Section 25 of the Constitution as some claim, but rather, it is due to corruption among government officials that has resulted in both land restitution and redistribution going to unknown people, and not those whose names are on claim forms and applications.

As some of the corrupt officials and politicians may still be involved in processing those claim forms and applications, what is government doing to ensure that the landless and poor people who have applied – rightly so – for their land, are provided with direct ownership of land, with title deeds to that land and not the corrupt officials who have the capacity to bribe other corrupt officials and politicians?”

REPLY BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, MR DAVID MABUZA

“Thank you very much. I’m sure in the next two weeks – three weeks – the President of the country will announce a panel: a panel that would take forward all the land questions, issues and challenges. But, of course, we are mindful of the issues raised in the report, alleging that there were instances of corruption in the process of restituting land back to the people. And those will be investigated. That is an opportunity that will tell us how much land has been given back to the people, at what cost; what were the processes followed; how many claims are still left behind and what is the total cost of those claims. For us to move forward, we need to make a thorough audit of what has happened and what needs to happen. That will guide our way forward as we proceed with the land question.

Thank you very much.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
National Assembly Questions to the Deputy President in response to question by Ms T Mbabama (DA) who asked: “With reference to the findings in November 2017 of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change that the Government has failed to protect the right to tenure security of many South Africans in contravention of section 25(6) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, what steps will the Government take to provide direct ownership of land to persons, such as communal residents, who have insecure rights?”
29 May 2018