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Communal Land Act [Chapter 20:04].

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act concerns Communal land. Communal land shall consist of land which, immediately before the 1st of February, 1983, was Tribal Trust Land in terms of the Tribal Trust Act, 1979 (Act No. 6 of 1979), subject to any additions thereto or substractions therefrom made in terms of section 6 of this Act (sect. 3). Communal land shall vest in the President, who shall permit it to be occupied and used in accordance with this Act. Provisions of Part III deal with occupation and use of Communal Land. No person shall occupy Communal Land unless he acquired right to do so before 1st February 1983, has obtained a permit to do so, or is related to a person who occupies or uses Communal Land (sect. 7). Section 8 provides for occupation and use of land for agricultural purposes. Permits to use or occupy land are issued by the Rural District Council under section 9. Section 10 provides for the setting aside of land for purposes specified in that section. Section 11 provides for the granting of the right of servitude relating to water rights pursuant to the Water Act (Chapter 20:22). (17 sections divided into 4 Parts)
Long title of text
An Act to provide for the classification of land in Zimbabwe as Communal Land and for the alteration of such classification; to alter and regulate the occupation and use of Communal Land; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of Act No. 20 of 1982 as amended last by Act No. 13 of 2002.
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Legislation status
in force
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