Government's refusal to give labour tenants ownership 'unconstitutional'

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The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform building in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG – The Land Claims Court has found government's refusal to give labour tenants ownership of land is unconstitutional.

A case was brought three years ago by tenants living on the Hilton College Estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The court has appointed a Special Master to oversee and help the tenants get ownership of the land as well as look into older unresolved claims.

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Government's refused to implement the law since the early  2000's.

Nelson Mandela signed the Labour Tenants Act back in 1997.

It sought to compensate labour tenants who worked on a farm in exchange for the right to live on the land and use a part of it.