LAND CLAIMS & LAND TENURE RIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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WHAT DO LAND CLAIMS & LAND TENURE RIGHTS ENTAIL IN SOUTH AFRICAN LAW?
Since 1994 the South African Government has placed a large emphasis on land reform by granting individuals who were dispossessed of a right in land after June 1913 as a direct result of past racially discriminatory laws the right to restoration of such land or monetary compensation.
The Land Claims Court in South Africa was established in 1996 and specialises in dealing with disputes that arise out of laws that underpin South Africa’s land reform initiative. These include the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994, the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996 and the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997. The Land Claims Court has the same status as any High Court.