Tue06192018

LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 2pm

South African Ministers To Meet To Expedite Setting Up Land Claims Court

CAPE TOWN -- The South African Justice and Constitutional Development Minister, Michael Masutha, says he will meet Minister of Rural Development and Land Affairs Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to accelerate the revised Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act as directed by the Constitutional Court.

Speaking to the media ahead of the debate of the Budget Vote for the Office of the Chief Justice and Judicial Administration in Parliament here Wednesday, he added: “The envisaged amendment act seeks to create a separate Land Claims Court with its own judges."

He said the engagement with Nkoana-Mashabane would also seek to find solutions for the required financial support to Legal Aid South Africa with regard to its representation of eligible litigants in land restitution matters.

Meanwhile, he added, improving the capacities of the Office of the Chief Justice remains one of the strategic goals of the Office of the Chief Justice and Judicial Administration.

He said over the 2017/18 financial year, the Office of the Chief Justice has steadily worked at increasing the department’s human capital. “There has been a steady increase in the personnel of the Office of the Chief Justice. As at 31 March 2018, the department had 1,898 posts. These include staff for the Mpumalanga High Court. The difficult economic situation and budget ceilings on the compensation of employees continues to be a challenge,” he said.

-- BERNAMA-NNN-SA NEWS