Communal land policy in the spotlight in violent Hammanskraal evictions

Policy on communal land ownership in the spotlight after Hammanskraal residents were evicted at the request of the Kekana Royal Family.

Two people were killed by angry community members as shacks were being removed on Monday.

702's John Robbie spoke to Director of University of Western Cape's Land and Agrarian Studies, Prof Ben Cousins, regarding the issue.

If it's communal land, then they have administrative powers but they are not entitled to call for an eviction of people on that land without due process being followed.

Prof Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape

The government's policy is to transfer state land for private ownership into the hands of the traditional council and give people statutory use rights.

Prof Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape

Prof Cousins said that land lying in the hands of traditional councils is problematic, as companies often bribe traditional leaders in order to use the land and dispossesses communities for business interests.

Companies come in and offer bribes to traditional leaders and they further their own interests at the expense of the community

Prof Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape
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