There is a disturbing common thread found in the sad tales of many scarred beneficiaries of land reform across the country. They claim that self-serving politicians and officials working in entities involved in the restitution process have turned their dreams into nightmares. Land claimants have traced the root of their woes. They say it is not the fault of the constitution, which the ANC and EFF want to unnecessarily amend to accommodate the expropriation of land without compensation. The process communities that were removed from their land during apartheid have to follow to get it restored is near impossible, communities in Limpopo, the North West and Mpumalanga complain. They say this is not due to painstaking administrative processes or poorly drafted legislation, but the actions of the "powerful" to protect "their own interests" and deny others a better quality of life.

Land claim beneficiaries in Songimvelo, Mpumalanga, whose land has not been returned to them after kno...

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