21 August 2019
Parliament has called on the agriculture, land reform and rural development department to initiate work on a Draft Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill.
The Constitutional Court ruled on 30 October 2018 that section 2(1) of the 1991 Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act is constitutionally invalid as it discriminates against women.
The section deals with the conversion of land tenure rights into ownership.
The act provides for the upgrading and conversion into ownership of certain rights granted in respect of land.
The Constitutional Court set a deadline of April 2020 to amend the act.
According to the portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development, women have no ownership rights in terms of the act.
The committee has instructed the department to establish “how many women have had land transferred to them under this Act and registered at the Deeds Office”.
The committee also wants to know when work on the proposed legislation will start.