Land claimants vindicated by ConCourt ruling

Labour tenants, who’ve lodged claims decades ago, want a Special Master appointed to assist with the backlog. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Labour tenant farmers have triumphed at the highest court in the land on Tuesday.

The Constitutional Court found in favour of labour tenant farmers who fought for their claims to be processed by a Special Master instead of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

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Some of the claims being brought by the farmers are 22 years old.

In 2016, the Land Claims Court appointed a Special Master to assist the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in finalising thousands of outstanding claims.

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The government successfully appealed the ruling last year.

The department argued a Special Master, who is answerable to the court and has powers over budgets and operating costs, breaches the separation of powers principle.