Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti will on Friday 17 February hand over R8.4 million in financial compensation awards to land restitution beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries consist of 8 families who were dispossessed of land situated on Gauteng farm lands located in the east of Pretoria, Ekurhuleni, Diepsloot and Sedibeng.
The families lodged their claims during the first period for the re-opening of land claims which closed in 1998. The common thread of the dispossession was sudden eviction without warning by apartheid government supported by past discriminatory laws and practices.
In the instance of the Madiba family which were amongst the eight evicted families, the apartheid government sprayed chemicals over their property unannounced, which resulted in the death of their livestock within hours. That was followed by forceful eviction by government agents that bulldozed and destroyed their property and crops. The dispossession took place in 1957.
The land was earmarked as a military base which is now part of the Wonderboom military base located in Tshwane still in existence today thus making land restoration unfeasible.
Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:
Date : Friday, 17 February 2017
Time : 09:30
Venue : Roodevallei Hotel (Plot 81, Zeekoegat, Kameeldrift East, Pretoria)
To confirm your attendance, please contact:
Kamogelo Gaokgwathe : (Client Liaison and Communication)
E-mail : Kamogelo.Gaokgwathe@drdlr.gov.za
Tel : 012 310 6526 /071 469 4082
Commission on Restitution of Land Rights
The Office of the Regional Land Claims Commissioner: Gauteng Province