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Overview

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Vision​

​A Commission of excellence that ensures that effective, efficient and speedy redress is provided to all those who were dispossessed of their land rights through racially motivated laws or practices after 19 June 1913.

​​​Mission​

We exist to provide equitable redress to victims of racially motivated land dispossession, in line with the provisions of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act No. 22 of 1994).

Purpose​

The purpose of the restitution programme is to provide equitable redress to victims of racially motivated land dispossession, in line with the provisions of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act No. 22 of 1994).

Objective

To resolve restitution claims within the target period, through negotiated settlements that restore land rights, or award alternative forms of equitable redress to claimants.

Intended Impact

  • Facilitate access to land by victims of racially-motivated land dispossessions that took place under the previous government
  • Poverty alleviation through sustainable development on restored land, as well as improved livelihoods
  • Foster the rights of vulnerable groups, in terms of ownership and participation in economic activities
  • ​Foster national reconciliation and stability.

The Rights of Land Owners and Claimants

If you were dispossessed of a land right after 19 June 1913, in terms of racially discriminatory laws and practices, you are entitled to restitution of that right or equitable redress. All claims are against the State, no one may be deprived of property except in terms of law of general application. All interested parties are invited to engage in the process of negotiating the settlement of a claim. The restitution process is implemented in line with the provisions of Section 25 of the Constitution of South Africa, which places an emphasis on equitable redress.The Commission is committed to facilitate negotiations amongst all interested parties in order to settle the claims administratively.

Qualification to be a claimant

  • ​​Must be a person dispossessed of a right in land after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices
  • Is a deceased estate disposed of a right in land after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws and practices
  • Must be a direct descendant of a person referred to in paragraph (a) who died before lodging a claim, and has no ascendant
  • The community, or part of community. dispossessed of a right in land after 19 June 1913, as a result of past discriminatory laws and practices
  • The claim for such restitution was lodged not later than 31 December 1998.

Values

  • We value and encourage diversity and will not discriminate against anyone
  • As a responsible Commission we shall strive to be transparent, accountable and responsive in all services that we offer to claimants and other stakeholders in order to ensure equitable redress-
  • We shall strive towards maintaining high service standards and focus on ethical and professional operational principles
  • We shall ensure that we have a dedicated, loyal, results-oriented, professional and people-focused workforce that is passionate and committed to serve the people of South Africa
  • In collaboration with all stakeholders the Commission will comply with all the laws of this country and will not pass any legislation that is in conflict with the Constitution.


 

 

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