JANE FURSE, SOUTH AFRICA--The Roka Lebea tribe in South Africa's Limpopo Province are rejoicing after finally being handed the title deeds to the place they have called home for more than two centuries.
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane handed the title deed to Roka Lebea leaders at the Seroka Primary School in Limpopo on Friday. The Roka Lebea people are from Ga-Seroka village, which is near the town of Jane Furse in the Sekhukhune district municipality in Limpopo.
Their land claim was processed almost 20 years after it was lodged. The traditional leader of the Roka Lebea, Kgoshigadi Seroka Tlakale Monica, had lodged a land claim on behalf of the Roka Lebea on Nov 23, 1998 with the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights.
The Roka Lebea wished to acquire the formal rights to the Dingaankop 543 KS farm, which occupies 1,035 hectares (about 10 square kilometres). They have lived on this land from about 1800 to the present day.
The Roka Lebea were never physically removed from their home, but they have had informal unregistered rights to the land due to Section 11 of the Native Trust and Land Act of 1936, which prohibited the ownership in title or purchase of land by natives.
The claim has been processed under Section 3 of the Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK