On Thursday, former public protector Thuli Madonsela lamented that land expropriation without compensation often took place in rural communities — most of it illegal.Speaking at the Nelson Mandela University during its Mandela’s centenary celebrations — under the theme of social justice — Madonsela said that she had come across a village where expropriation of land happened without compensation virtually every day. She would not name the village because she was still going to engage with residents there."[Residents] said it happens in two ways: the first is the indunas [headmen] and some of the amakhosis [chiefs] say that if your land is not utilised for two years it reverts back to the induna or the inkosi. I am still looking for a law that says that‚ and I did promise them that I am going to engage with the Department of Land Affairs because the last time I checked customary law‚ there was no such thing."Madonsela said the second way in which land use was taken from families in ru...

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