This Act was repealed on 2018-02-26 by Land Commission Act.
Rural Land Act
- Commenced on 1 November 1963
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
- [Repealed by Land Commission Act (Act 12 of 2017) on 26 February 2018]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Rural Land Act [Chapter 20:18].
3. Certain land excluded from operation of this ActThis Act shall apply to all land in Zimbabwe, except land which is—
Part II – Acquisitions and alienation of state land
4. Interpretation in Part IIIn this Part—“State land” means all State land to which this Act applies, but does not include any land held in trust.
5. Acquisition of land
6. Alienation of State landThe appropriate Minister may lease, sell or otherwise dispose of State land for such purposes and subject to such conditions as he may determine.
Part III – Occupation of land by land by person other than owner not involving subdivision
7. Interpretation in Part IIIIn this Part—“property” means any land which is described as a single piece of land in any deed of grant, transfer or other certificate of title registered in the Deeds Registry.
8. Lease or alienation of landLand may be leased or alienated to a single individual or to a single corporate body but not to two or more persons jointly, without the consent of the appropriate Minister in writing.
9. Demarcation of leased land
10. No share-cropping without agreement approved by Minister
11. Penalty for any contravention of this Part
Part IV – General
12. Exercise of dutiesIn the exercise of the duties, functions and powers conferred in Part III regard shall be had to—
13. Entry upon any landThe appropriate Minister or any person authorized thereto in writing by the appropriate Minister may, at all reasonable times, enter upon any land with such persons, animals, vehicles and appliances as may be necessary for the execution of his or their duties and may enter and inspect any such land and do all such things thereon as are necessary for surveys or investigations in connection with the carrying out of anything authorized to be done under this Act.
14. PenaltyAny person who prevents such entry upon land as is authorized by section thirteen or wilfully obstructs or hinders any person in the lawful exercise of his powers or duties under this Act shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.[subsection amended by section 4 of Act 22 of 2001]
History of this document
26 February 2018
Repealed by Land Commission Act
31 December 2016 this version
01 November 1963