The Committee met with the Ministry of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDLR), accompanied by the Minister and Deputy Minister, and the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) to be informed about the conversion of the land into leases. The ITB informed the committee of the reasons for the transformation of Permission To Occupy (PTO) into a leasing project, the context of PTOs, the display and budget issues. The Chair clarified the issue of the invitation by stating that the Committee had invited the Minister, the Deputy Minister, the ITB and senior DRDLR officials to come to a briefing on Dr. Aninka Claassens` HLP recommendation. The ITB and the department were invited to write a report and make presentations on the conversion of PTOs into rental property on Ingonyama Trust land. The presentation should cover, among other things, the legislative mandate of the ITB, the role of the DRDLR in supporting the ITB, the context of the transformation of PTOs into lease rights, the political position of the ministry on transformation, the impact of the political position in the transformation with regard to ULTRA, the progress report on the number of PTOs for private and commercial buildings now converted into leases. new residential and commercial leases and a financial report. The Panel had not received the progress report on long-term leases for private and commercial real estate, new residential and commercial leases and the financial report on royalties collected by ITB. When it came time to sign, Nkosi was rejected because she was a woman. She was asked to get a male relative to sign on her behalf. When she protested against this discrimination, her case was dismissed. It wasn`t until she came back with a man, her partner Zakhele Khanyile, that she was able to co-sign. For trust, it did not matter that their partner did not know how the country was acquired and played no role in this process.
The Chair addressed the Deputy Minister and asked the DRDLR to put his house in order, as the Commission did not send two separate invitations – it was up to the Ministry to contact the ITB. It would be a problem if not everyone was on the same side. The commission was not satisfied with the process – the ITB and the ministry had to go back and look into the matter. If necessary, the process should be frozen in order to consider feedback from members and the impact of the transformation on communities. . . .