Six communities from the South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are celebrating after receiving compensation for their land claims at the Kruger National Park.

President Jacob Zuma on Saturday handed over 84 million Rand (about 5.375 million US dollars) to claimants whose forefathers were forcefully removed from their land by the apartheid government in 1913. For the communities, the day will be remembered for generations to come.

One of the beneficiaries is Amos Mathebula who is a member of the Mathebula community. “I feel like a young boy today … it’s a dream come true for me. I thank God for today,” said Mathebula.

President Zuma said more was yet to happen as this was only the first phase of the land redistribution process for the Kruger National Park. He said planning had to take place to avoid any discrepancies in the process.

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said it was a proud moment for South Africa as it showed the government’s decision to prioritise land claims.

He said this was a lasting legacy for all the communities. “We have come this far and we are proud of what we have achieved as the African National Congress-led government. It’s a proud moment indeed,” said Nkwinti.

Source: Nam News Network