Reversing the legacy of the Notorious 1913 Natives' Land Act
The year 2013 marks 100 years since the Natives Land Act of 1913 which was enacted in South Africa. The Act became law on the 19th of June 1913 limiting African land ownership to 7% which later increased to 13% through the 1936 Native Trust and Land Act of South Africa. The Act restricted black people from buying or occupying land except as employees of a white master. It however gave white people ownership of 87% of land and leaving black people to scramble for a mere 13%.
It is against this backdrop that black people found themselves displaced in their own land hence Sol Plaatjie's famous quote "Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African native found himself, not actually a slave, but a pariah in the land of his birth,".
That piece of legislation made life horrendous for the black populace until the Commission of Restitution was established in 1994 to provide equitable redress to victims of racially motivated land dispossession, in line with the provisions of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act No. 22 of 1994). In the year 2013 the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform will be marking the centenary of this act. The theme for the Project 2013 is "Reversing the legacy of 1913 Natives Land Act".
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