From the 15th to the 17th of June 2015, the Justice and Peace Commission conducted training on the Restitution of Land Rights. The purpose of the training was firstly to familiarise Justice and Peace activists from different parts of the country with the land reform context within which the restitution of land rights process has been taking place, and to prepare them for fieldwork to identify communities and individuals who lodged their claims during the first window (1994 to 1998) to assist them to follow up on such claims.
The training went very well. Participants committed themselves to go back and assist the communities and individuals who lodged claims before the end of 1998 to address the capacity constraints responsible for backlogs.
The Diocese of Witbank identified 5 communities that they were going to assist, namely Monsterlus, Themba, Bosfontein, Phetla and Mabelane. Polokwane Diocese committed themselves to investigate the 3 communities, namely Ga-Mothiba, Mahlallane and Mojapelo. uMzimkhulu Diocese is already working closely with Mfulamuhle claimants. They will now investigate two more communities of Machunwini and eNsikeni.
All in all Justice and Peace activists will be working with eleven communities to ensure that backlogs are addressed and these claims are prioritized.