Labour Tenants

What is a Labour Tenant?

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A labour tenant is a person who works on a farm in exchange for the right to live on that farm without compensation, and work a portion of that farm for themselves.

  • The Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act of 1996 was signed by former President Nelson Mandela to address the injustices of the past by giving labour tenants ownership of the small portion of land that they live on.
  • A land claim made by a Labour Tenant can be passed down to their children and grandchildren.
  • AFRA has been in an ongoing battle with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) to implement the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act. This has led AFRA, represented by the Legal Resource Centre, to the Land Claims Court with intention of having a Special Master appointed to ensure the DRDLR fully implement the law.
  • You can read more about the history of this case by clicking on the links below:

3rd April 2015: A Struggle in Vain

23rd March 2016: Special Master Judgement Tomorrow

24th March 2016: Tactical Delays: The Long Wait Continues for Labour Tenants

19th May 2016: Negotiations set to begin on a National Programme for Settling Labour Tenant Claims

26th July 2016: AFRA Returns to court for Special Master after negotiations break down

Watch below a video on a now 102 year old Labour Tenant