Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said that state-owned land was being transferred by her department to support the land reform programme. She is of the opinion that state-owned land must be distributed by all three spheres of government. Where are the productive 5000 farms the government bought with tax money since 1994?
De Lille was responding to questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on 5 November 2019 and said that the state had released thousands of hectares of land.
“We have released since 1999 up until now 181 properties for land restitution purposes and that amounts to just over 11,696 hectares of land. We’ve also availed 22 properties for human settlements purposes.”