Eric Naki
Political Editor
4 minute read
30 Sep 2021
7:20 am

23-year-old Kruger land battle continues as claimants fight the R610/ha offer

Eric Naki

The community was unhappy with the Commission for the Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR) determination to compensate them at a value of R610 per hectare because they believed this was way below market value.

Kruger National Park

The land restitution programme has not been a bed of roses for many affected claimants. For some it’s a long wait and never-ending struggle for proper compensation they claimed and to finalise the landtransactions. The Madonsi, Mpumalanga, community of 126 families is among those still waiting for full settlement and proper compensation despite their successful claim for a part of the Kruger National Park as their ancestral land. Instead, tension between community and South African National Parks (SANParks) left the matter hanging – 23 years after the settlement. The issue has been complicated by the fact that some of the...