This according to Peter Delius, Professor Emeritus from the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, who is one of the speakers at the University of the Free State's (UFS) inaugural Thought-Leader Series on land reform taking place at Vryfees on the Bloemfontein campus.
Delius, one the panellists taking part in the discussions, provided key issues and background facts on land restitution in South Africa. He said 166 000 new claims, lodged since 2014, will take 143 years to settle. Treasury estimates that settling these claims will take about 200 years and will cost R600 billion rand.
Delius said if the claim process is re-opened it is estimated that more than 390 000 claims will be lodged and it will take about 709 years to complete land restitution. He concluded that land restitution is not making a difference in people's lives and creates economic uncertainty in rural areas. The series continues with the National African farmers Union of SA president Motsepe Matlala and others speaking this afternoon.