The Land Claims Court has ruled that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform must appoint a special master of labor tenants.
The master will oversee the claims by laborers who want to own the land they have worked on for decades. The judgment is a victory for the Association for Rural Advancement.
The Association has long argued that workers who have lived and farmed the land should have a right to own it.
Association For Rural Advancement programme manager, Glen Faraed, says Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced that the department will appeal the judgement.
The judgement says the appointment should be made by no later than the 3rd of March 2017.
In between then, the parties will be submitting the names, structure and terms of reference for the special master.— Glen Faraed, Association For Rural Advancement programme manager
Faraed says the Rural Development's argument that the reform will result in loss of productivity is disingenuous.
These are people who historically have worked on the farms, and given a portion of their labor to the farm, while they have continued to graze cattle or grow crops.— Glen Faraed, Association For Rural Advancement programme manager
These are actually people who are on the land. They are productive and they know how to farm.— Glen Faraed, Association For Rural Advancement programme manager
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