Seven properties, totalling 234 hectares and worth approximately R4.7 million in Madibeng were approved to settle the restitution claim of the Mekgareng community, the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille announced this week.
She said the claim was registered before December 1996 and was confirmed as valid by the North West Regional Land Claims Commission.
The Mekgareng and Rebotswe communities were forcibly removed from their properties under the Natives Land Act of 1913. The land was previously used by the community for various purposes such as living, livestock farming and grazing.
“The past month I have signed off the release of various parcels of land in North West, Western Cape and Mpumalanga.” The minister said that during the 2019/2020 financial year, she signed off the release of 17 552 hectares of properties worth R185 million. For the 2021/2022 financial year, she has already released 193 parcels of land, almost 28 000 hectares, valued at more than R276 million.