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Card image 19 January 2023 Daily Maverick

‘We need to know what happened to the bones’ — Tiervlei community wants restitution

During forced removals in the apartheid era, Stellenbosch University acquired land where a Bellville cemetery was located. Residents in this area are now engaging with the university in a restitution process.

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Card image 08 December 2022 Daily Maverick

Mabuza breaks his silence — and reveals the weakness of his defence

Despite his reputation as a politician who presided over several Mpumalanga government departments wracked by vulgar corruption, Deputy President ‘DD’ Mabuza hardly ever responds to announcements about fresh probes into his misdeeds. So the press release his office issued on Wednesday in response to a criminal complaint laid against him is remarkable – both for breaking the silence and for illustrating the weakness of his defence.

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Card image 06 December 2022 Times Live

Outa refers criminal complaint against Mabuza, 12 others to ID

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has referred a criminal complaint which names Deputy President David Mabuza and 12 others to the ID.

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Card image 05 December 2022 Daily Maverick

‘Land scam kingpin’ – Deputy President David Mabuza named as top suspect in organised crime complaint

On the morning of 5 December 2022, the Investigating Directorate of the NPA received a criminal complaint from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, with Deputy President DD Mabuza named as the lead suspect. The allegations cover a litany of charges that stretch from 2002 to the present day, mainly to do with the ‘land claims scam’ and the case of conservationist and whistle-blower Fred Daniel. For the first time, all aspects of the case are submitted in a single affidavit, including the contents of the “missing dockets” as reported by Daily Maverick in August 2022. “Hotlinks” to the attendant evidence are also included in the complaint.

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Card image 07 December 2022 SABC news

OUTA says enough evidence for NPA to investigate R35-bln land restitution scam

OUTA says it believes there is sufficient evidence for NPA to investigate 13 people including Deputy President, David Mabuza over an alleged R35-billion land restitution scam.

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12 October 2022 IOL

‘A Desire To Return to The Ruins’: Book explores the burning issue of land reform

Ledwaba – whose first book “Broke and Broken” (2016) focused on the exploitation of mine workers – brings to light land reform and land rights

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Card image 27 September 2022 PoliticsWeb

National Assembly approves Land Court Bill

These include Land Court Bill and Economic Regulation of Transport Bill

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19 September 2022 IOL

Thuli Madonsela shares her views on the complexities of restitution in South Africa

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Card image 09 September 2022 Daily Maverick

‘Disgust’ of the judiciary: Stalingrad written all over David Mabuza’s defence in land claims fraud case

On Friday, 2 September, the fourth session of conservationist Fred Daniel’s R1-billion civil claim against the South African government came to an end in the Pretoria High Court. With the fate of Deputy President David Mabuza in the balance, counsel for the defence had managed — once again — to avoid any engagement with the material facts. But the judge, visibly angry, promised closure before the end of the year.

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Card image 28 June 2022 IOL

Nearly 7 000 land claims still outstanding, according to Commission on Restitution of Land Rights

There are still more than 160 000 land claims lodged between 2014 and 2016 that are yet to be processed after the commission was interdicted in 2019 by the Constitutional Court.

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Forcibly removed 60 years ago: Simon’s Town land claimants return

Botswana's Bushmen community has been the victim of forceful evictions and discriminatory harassment.

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