Claimants prefer cash to land, which is a problem
Land claimants want cash‚ not land — and it’s hurting land reform in SA. On Monday, the KwaZulu-Natal land claims commissioner’s office said R423.9m of the R670.7m worth of land that government settled from 110 claims last year resulted in financial compensation. The balance was settled with actual land. Analysis from almost 40‚000 claims lodged in the province between 2014 and 2016 shows that claimants prefer cash to land. "We asked them at the point of lodgement what they would prefer‚ and most said they would prefer financial compensation‚" KwaZulu-Natal Land Restitution Support chief director, Advocate Bheki Mbili said on Tuesday.