South African top court says law on land claims invalid - radio

    by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo, Reuters
    Monday, 8 August 2016 13:54 BST

Koos Mthimkhulu inspects his herd of cattle at his farm in Senekal, about 287km (178 miles) in the Eastern Free State, in this February 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa's Constitutional Court on Thursday declared invalid a law that re-opened a process for blacks to make claims on land taken from them during the apartheid era, citing lack of consultation before the law was passed, Talk Radio 702 said.

The Restitution of Land Rights Bill was among the first laws passed by the country's first democratic government in November 1994. Many people failed to claim their land in an initial period from 1995 to 1998, however, and President Jacob Zuma gave them fresh rights to make claims when he signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act on June 30, 2014.

The top court said Parliament had failed to allow for proper consultation before passing the law to re-open the window to make land claims, the radio station said.

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