If you are going to take the land, you must clarify who is our people
and who is not our people and who will benefit from the land.
~ Mosiuoa Lekota – Leader of the Congress of the People (COPE)
— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) February 19, 2018
“I want to warn you, the leader of the opposition, that your stay in the metros is going to depend on your attitude on the expropriation of land without compensation and I want to warn you about that because that is a fundamental issue that is going to make us fight with you. Because anyone who oppose expropriation of land without compensation is the enemy of our people and such a person will be dealt with.”
~ Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema
EFF Julius Malema – SONA Debate in Parliament
The Expropriation of Land without Compensation reference starts at 5:08
Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Parliament – SONA Debate
… Bold leadership requires that you resist the pressures in your party to undo the rights enshrined in our Constitution, including property rights.
These same property rights underpin the entire economy, as you well know from your own successful business career.
The dispossession of land through the 1913 Native Land Act was Apartheid’s original sin. Its consequences are still felt in our society today and, make no mistake, must be addressed.
We can correct this injustice in a way that respects the rule of law and in which the rights of current and future land owners are protected.
We can speed up land reform by rooting out corruption and inefficiency.
And we must trust emerging black farmers with real land ownership, and not just as permanent tenants of the state. Let those who work the land, own the land.
Like the 77 year old Mr David Rakgase, a farmer from Northam in Limpopo whom I went to meet in October last year. Mr Rakgase has been leasing land from the government for over 20 years.
His short-term leases mean he can’t get any money to invest in the land he lives on, and government will not let him own it.
Mr Rakgase is ageing and frail, and he’s losing hope that he will ever own his farm. The way he has been treated by the government shows the sham of land reform policy.
This doesn’t need a constitutional change to fix. It just needs political will to implement.
We can have a thriving, growing, diverse agricultural sector whose wonderful produce fills the shelves all over the world.
But we absolutely cannot have this if farmers do not know if or when their land will be taken from them without any compensation.
Expropriation of land without compensation is incompatible with a growing, flourishing economy. You can have one or the other, but never both.
That is why our neighbours in Zimbabwe who pursued such disastrous and destructive policies in the past are now reversing those and rebuilding their economies.
This is a hard choice you must make, Mr President, and I hope you will stand up for the integrity of our nation’s founding document which you had such a pivotal role in writing.
Concerning land expropriation without compensation, I want to let the president know that simply adopting the principle will already have an adverse effect on the economy and food security.
It begs the question of what the president wants to achieve with expropriation. If the idea is to simply give people land, then he must say so. It must, however, be kept in mind that giving people land will not automatically make them rich.
The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform admitted that 90% of the existing projects that were supposed to establish emerging black farmers failed. In addition, 93% of all successful land claimants did not want the land, but the money.
The FF Plus rejects land expropriation without compensation because it applies to all property, whether it is a farm or in a town or city. It will have a detrimental effect on the economy and it will deter potential investors from investing in South Africa.
~ Pieter Groenewald, Freedom Front Plus leader
A Khoisan activist and politician from the Eastern Cape arrived on the red carpet at the state-of-the-nation address on Friday in traditional attire, so that President Cyril Ramaphosa does not forget the indigenous Khoisan peoples.
Christian Martin, a member of the Eastern Cape provincial legislature, was one of four Khoisan activists who made headlines in December when they walked all the way from the Eastern Cape and staged a live-in protest and hunger strike at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Their 24-day protest only ended after then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa came out to meet them where they had set up camp on the Union Building lawns, but not before garnering the attention and support of thousands of members of the public.
For weeks, the group had appealed to President Zuma or his deputy to come and receive their memorandum in which the indigenous Khoisan is demanding recognition from the South African government as “first citizens” of the republic.
“We are asking for first nation status. [We want] our language to be made an official language. We want the Land Claim [Act] of 1913 to be scrapped because it is withholding us from making any land claims. The fourth one is that we want the coloured identity to be scrapped. That is not who we are,” said the group. (SABC)