South Africa: Land Restitution on the Platinum Belt
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Mothlabe is a small community in the midst of the Platinum belt north of Rustenburg. During the apartheid era they were forced under the rule of a neighbouring Traditional Authority and the village boundaries redrawn. In the late 1990’s they submitted a claim for land restitution but the claim has not been processed. In 2004, a platinum mine began operating on the land in question and its profits have been used to develop other villages. When the Mothclabe community proposed independence by forming their own Traditional Authority they were issued with a court interdict preventing them from holding meetings and using the term ‘Mothlabe Traditional Authority.’ The Legal Resources Centre has since successfully defended them in court against the interdict. Meanwhile Mothlabe remains poor and restitution of their land is no closer. 2011.