Community hasn’t got a dime from tourist hotspot. Why?

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Community hasn’t got a dime from tourist hotspot. Why?

Aggrieved beneficiaries of a multimillion-rand trust turn to courts to find out why they haven’t got their cash

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A court-ordered forensic audit will soon get under way into the possible misappropriation of millions of rands from a community trust set up to benefit people who were evicted from their ancestral land in what is now the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

The families were removed from the land between 1953 and 1974 to enable the then government to establish the wetland park and forestry plantations.

They laid claim to reparations under the Enactment of the Restitution of Land Rights Act and, after the proclamation of the area as a world heritage site in 1999, they were collectively awarded about R16.8m in financial compensation and given five hectares of land in the southeast of Lake Bhangazi...

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