'Not everybody will have their land taken away for the sake of it'

Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, has denied that the 13% of land in South Africa being transferred is in dispute.

Most of the land being transferred is not in dispute. It is registered as land belonging to those communities and that is why traditional leaders are custodians.

Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Asked how the process would work and what the land would be used for, Balepa explained:

In January we will have a workshop for a resolution of the land, we will look at both modalities. We will make sure the land is used and people are using it for production means.

Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

The deputy minister insisted that the land issue must be resolved.

We can no longer run away from the land issue.

Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister at Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

He assured the country that not everybody will have their land taken away for the sake of it.


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