Thoko Didiza has announced on Thursday that individuals and communities that illegally occupied state land will now have an opportunity to legalize their occupation land.
Didiza stated that the land inquiry process would be instituted on state land maintained without formal approval from the department, also benefits farms obtained through the Pro-Active Land Acquisition. This will help determine how individuals and communities currently holding the land got access to it, and it will initiate a land report on state land settled without formal approval.
Didiza also says that her department was knowledgeable that in some sections, it was found that some inhabitants might have been using state land, however knowingly or not and that some individuals might have been trespassing state land.
The minister says this will also be important to see what the land has been used for and whether or not it was such use following agricultural practices for the specific area. It is also said that the land inquiry process will lead the department of human settlements and rural affairs and the environment and fisheries so that they can better be used to see if declared a human settlement based on the minister’s assessment and recommendations.
Underutilized or empty farms will be presented available to the public with the department expected to advertise notices for the land’s occupation in the next two
Didiza also confirms that people using the land for productivity may well be deserving candidates themselves and that these issues will be considered, and all individuals occupying state land without approval should apply during this period.
“We will ensure that the land administration, both national and providences, do work to ensure that these leases are managed appropriately,” she concluded.