cape land rights reloaded


Our right to the land is entrenched in history. It is undisputed.We have ancestral rights to the land because it was not granted or sold to anybody. The land belonged to aborigines who were there long before Europeans settled.


But colonialists took the aborigines and classified them as coloured.

Then these “coloureds” had to go through a restitution process. But this process only further alienated them from their land, as it required property rights and title deeds. Even the Land Restitution Act alienated the aborigines, because its cut-off date was 1913.

Jan Cronje in conversation with Tania Kleinhans for IoL.

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