People around the country made submissions on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill in late 2013/early 2014. Regardless of many concerns about the Bill raised at public hearings, the Department was intent on passing the Bill before elections. The Bill was approved in the National Assembly and then in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) by a vote of 8 provinces (for) to 1 (against). It was signed into law by President Zuma on 30 June 2014. The lodgement process for restitution claims re-opened on 1 July, 2014.
The period for people to put in claims, the Department said, will be extended for a period of five years as of 1 July 2014. However, many people told the Department at public hearings that they think the Bill will not effectively deal with land dispossession and land hunger.
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