Pretoria- A two day land restitution consultative conference began on Sunday to evaluate the impact of the Land Restitution Programme.
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti acknowledged that government has not moved fast enough in addressing challenges facing the programme, but has assured claimants that government's shortcomings would be addressed swiftly.
"I acknowledge that we have not done well in managing the restitution programme, as government, causing strain, pain and frustration.
"Some of the people who were expected to have benefited from the restitution programme have even passed on. On behalf of government, I apologise," he said.
The objective of the consultative conference, according to the minister was to evaluate the impact of the Land Restitution Programme in terms of its intended objective and the restitution of land rights on people who lodged claims.
"The key word is equitable redress. We must therefore look at what have been our successes, our shortcomings as well as what is to be done. We must stay focused on this task throughout these two days," he said.