The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act has been declared constitutionally invalid with effect from today, the Constitutional Court ruled.
The Act was passed in 2014, and among other things allowed for new submissions for land claims.
A number of organisations involved in land rights challenged the Act and judgment was handed down today.
Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala speaks to Henk Smith, attorney at the Legal Resources Centre to find out more about the ruling.
It said this; those that have not tasted the fruits of restitution process , the 20000 outstanding existing land claims, should at least understand how they are not going to put at the back of the cue again.— Henk Smith, attorney at the Legal Resources Centre
And secondly, how the issue of the new claims reopening when there was not a proper process in parliament in adopting the new legislation.— Henk Smith, attorney at the Legal Resources Centre
Smith explains what the Constitutional Court ruling means for Parliament.
All these new claimants will have to wait until the old claims have been dealt with, or legislation have to be passed properly this time.— Henk Smith, attorney at the Legal Resources Centre
Listen to the full interview below...