Claiming Land Restitution | Western Cape Government

Claiming Land Restitution


The South African Constitution gave people and communities who had been dispossessed of land after 19 June 1913 as a result of racially discriminatory laws or practices the right to restitution of that property or to fair compensation.


People who had been dispossessed of their land had until December 1998 to lodge a claim for the restoration with a Land Claims Commission.

It is estimated that a total of 67 531 claims was lodged before the deadline.

The restitution process is managed by the Land Claims Commissioner and is as follows:


Phase 1 Lodgement and registration
Phase 2 Screening and categorisation
Phase 3 Determination of qualification in terms of section 2 of the Restitution Act
Phase 4 Negotiations
Phase 5 Settlement
Phase 6 Implementation of settlement

The Land Claims Court hears disputes arising from those the Restitution of Land Rights Act 22 of 1994 , the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act 3 of 1996 and the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997.


For more information, contact the regional Land Claims Commissioner for the Western Cape:

Dr Wayne Alexander
Chief Director
Physical Address: 1st and 2nd Floors, 14 Long Street, Cape Town
Postal Address: Private Bag X9163, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: 021 409 0300


You can also contact the Land Claims Court:


Physical Address: Trust Bank Centre, Randburg Mall, Corner of Hill Street and Kent Avenue, Randburg, 2194
Postal Address: Private Bag X10060, Randburg, 2125
Tel: 011 781 2291
Fax: 011 781 2217/8

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 21 January 2021