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The Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says work is under way to make Land Claims Courts a permanent feature with their own judges.

He says they also want to broaden the courts’ mandate to deal with all land-related matters including current debates surrounding land expropriation without compensation.

Lamola says his department is drafting a bill which will seeks to broaden the mandate of the current land claims courts.

“We need to first attend to the issue of the legislation.  As I said, the current system was meant to be transitional and a temporary arrangement. So we need to create legislation that will create permanency,” adds the minister.

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