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ANC welcomes speeding up of land restitution process in Western Cape

13 June 2000

The ANC in the Western Cape has welcomed the settlement of the Dysseldorp land claim which will take place on Saturday 17th June.

The claimants committee which represents over 2000 individual claimants will sign a section 42 (d) agreement with the Minister of Land Affairs Thoko Didiza on Saturday.

In terms of this agreement an amount of R25 million will be made available to the claimants, via a legal entity, to purchase land and assist farmers with agricultural projects on the land which the NP government had removed from the community using the Group Areas Act.

The ANC chairperson from the Southern Cape Region Mr Lanval Reid said:

"The Southern Cape Region of the ANC congratulates Minister Didiza , the Department of Land Affairs, the claimants from Dysselsdorp and the Land Claims Commissioner on the settlement which has been reached.

"This victory is a cause for joy and celebration throughout the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo. Many thought it could never happen. It was the result of a long struggle in which people have sacrificed and suffered a great deal.

"The R25 million settlement will correct the brutal injustice of the NP government.

"What is astounding is that it is the NNP, and other forces with their own agenda, who are saying that nothing is happening in regard to land reform and redistribution.

"Threats are also being made in certain quarters that land invasions will take place.

"We as the ANC will not allow any such land invasions. Our call is for all communities to work closely with the the Department of Land Affairs.

"Our ANC branches will support this process aimed at ensuring that land restitution and redistribution occurs within the framework of government policy and legislation.

"Already in the Southern Cape many of our communities have benefited from land reform in Brandwacht, Kragga, Albertinia, Vermaaklikheid, Riversdale and Melkhoutfontein.

"We are calling on the communities of the Southern Cape and Karoo to join the people of Dysselsdorp as they celebrate their victory. The ANC believes that we should work together and ensure that through land redistribution, we build reconciliation and non-racialism "

Issued by ANC Western Cape Communications

For further comment contact Lanval Reid, ANC Southern Cape Chairperson:
082-532-0417 or (044) 874-6358.

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

ANC welcomes speeding up of land restitution process in Western Cape

ANC welcomes speeding up of land restitution process in Western Cape

13 June 2000

The ANC in the Western Cape has welcomed the settlement of the Dysseldorp land claim which will take place on Saturday 17th June.

The claimants committee which represents over 2000 individual claimants will sign a section 42 (d) agreement with the Minister of Land Affairs Thoko Didiza on Saturday.

In terms of this agreement an amount of R25 million will be made available to the claimants, via a legal entity, to purchase land and assist farmers with agricultural projects on the land which the NP government had removed from the community using the Group Areas Act.

The ANC chairperson from the Southern Cape Region Mr Lanval Reid said:

"The Southern Cape Region of the ANC congratulates Minister Didiza , the Department of Land Affairs, the claimants from Dysselsdorp and the Land Claims Commissioner on the settlement which has been reached.

"This victory is a cause for joy and celebration throughout the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo. Many thought it could never happen. It was the result of a long struggle in which people have sacrificed and suffered a great deal.

"The R25 million settlement will correct the brutal injustice of the NP government.

"What is astounding is that it is the NNP, and other forces with their own agenda, who are saying that nothing is happening in regard to land reform and redistribution.

"Threats are also being made in certain quarters that land invasions will take place.

"We as the ANC will not allow any such land invasions. Our call is for all communities to work closely with the the Department of Land Affairs.

"Our ANC branches will support this process aimed at ensuring that land restitution and redistribution occurs within the framework of government policy and legislation.

"Already in the Southern Cape many of our communities have benefited from land reform in Brandwacht, Kragga, Albertinia, Vermaaklikheid, Riversdale and Melkhoutfontein.

"We are calling on the communities of the Southern Cape and Karoo to join the people of Dysselsdorp as they celebrate their victory. The ANC believes that we should work together and ensure that through land redistribution, we build reconciliation and non-racialism "

Issued by ANC Western Cape Communications

For further comment contact Lanval Reid, ANC Southern Cape Chairperson:
082-532-0417 or (044) 874-6358.

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

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