Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

Progress by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in making sure the Communal Land Tenure Bill is finally passed into law has far-reaching ramifications.

In its aim of regulating and administrating communal land by entities chosen by communities, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is working in alignment with the law. For example, the Communal Land Tenure Bill stakeholder consultations held last October, which included communal property associations, trusts, traditional councils and land NGOs, gave constituencies time to deliberate and make inputs on the proposed provisions in the bill.

This is the right approach, considering that the department is still smarting from the 2016 Constitutional Court ruling that declared the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act as invalid due to inadequate public participation.

Koketso PooGa-Rankuwa

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