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Marinus family gets their land back <p>​The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, the Marinus siblings comprising of Ms Geraldine Marinus, Mr Frank Marinus, Ms Merle Harris (nee Marinus) and Ms Annaline Garcia (nee Marinus), the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, and other dignitaries, today, 19 May 2021, celebrated the restitution of land to the Marinus family. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/GrassyPark3.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​</span><p>‘In 1978 this piece of land was taken from the late father of the beneficiaries, Mr Frank Marinus (Jr.) and he was given R13 465 for the land with outbuildings. The Land Claims Commission rightly found this amount not to be just and equitable. The dispossession of the land was done in accordance with the racially-based Group Areas Act, which was developed and used by the apartheid government to cause division and create spatial divides, robbing people of colour of their property and tenure rights, tearing communities and families apart, and forcibly settling them in new areas. It is with utmost joy and pride that we join the beneficiaries today to see them return to their land after many decades of waiting for this day,’ said Mayor Plato. </p><p>The land in question was taken by the then Group Development Board for the establishment of a ‘border strip’ that would have the purpose of separating the ‘Coloured Group Area’ from the ‘White Group Area’. The land in question eventually ended up as public land, owned by the City. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/GrassyPark2.jpg" alt="" style="width:1026px;" /> </figure></span><p>Fortunately at the time of the dispossession, the Marinus siblings were staying with their grandfather, Mr Frank Marinus (Sr.) on a small holding in Victoria Street, Grassy Park. Marinus Avenue is named after the family. </p><p>‘The Marinus claim was lodged in 1995 ahead of the restitution claims cut-off date of 31 December 1998. In terms of restitution, the City’s role is to give back land if a formal claim has been submitted pertaining to land currently owned by the City. The National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s Land Claims Commission is the lead authority in restitution matters and handles the claim process and manages the duration of the claim. As always, the City has helped as much as it can to expedite the process and we continue to call on national government to ensure that beneficiaries do not wait for decades to see justice and redress. Thank you to all who have made this great day possible and we wish the family all the very best for the future,’ said Councillor Booi. <br></p>2021-05-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c4e66684-0f5b-47b5-8276-f538d60f8dfb;L0|#0c4e66684-0f5b-47b5-8276-f538d60f8dfb|Land claims10

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