n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die invloed van wanpersepsies ten opsigte van die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika op grondeise : die BaPhalane ba Ramokoka grondeis as gevallestudie : navorsings- en oorsigartikel : grondberaad

Volume 52, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Archaetnos probeer om deur middel van akteondersoeke, die bestudering van argivale dokumente en antropologiese literatuur, asook veldwerk en onderhoude met betrokkenes die geldigheid van grondeise te bepaal. Gebrek aan kennis deur die grondeisekommissaris (LCC) lei dikwels tot die prosessering van eise wat op foutiewe inligting berus, soos byvoorbeeld gebeur het met die eis van die BaPhalane Ba Ramokoka. Aangesien die prosessering van ongeldige eise op grond van gebrekkige kennis hoë kostes, 'n mors van tyd en 'n onproduktiewe stelsel tot gevolg het, word betoog dat die nodige inligting op 'n veel vroeër stadium aan die grondeisekommissaris beskikbaar gestel moet word.

During the past few years, Archaetnos has been involved in various land claims, with a view to collecting historical, anthropological and archaeological information in order to determine the validity of such claims. This was done by doing deeds searches and studying archival material and anthropological literature, followed by a field survey where claimants indicated sites linked to their history and where they were interviewed.
In some cases it was clear from the onset that misperceptions about South African history pertain. Even when information is correct, there is sometimes chronological chaos and in certain instances so-called "facts" are being fabricated.
The above-mentioned information is used by the Land Claims Commission (LCC) to determine the merit of a claim. The lack of knowledge at this institution frequently results in cases being approved for the process even when such approval was clearly based on incorrect information. The land claim of the BaPhalane Ba Ramokoka community is one such example.
In the article the reasons for land claims in general are listed. The merit of the BaPhalane claim, as well as the information obtained during the research process, is then discussed against this background. This is, however, not done in detail, as the article instead focuses on the general problem created by historical misperceptions.
The findings of the research were that although the BaPhalane had a valid claim to at least four of the thirty-two farms listed, they had no valid claim to at least eighteen others. This was confirmed by the court judgement.
It is concluded that the lack of knowledge at the Land Claims Commission results in many cases being unnecessarily investigated. This results in high costs, a waste of time and an unproductive system. It is therefore clear that information is required at a much earlier stage during the land claims process.

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