Shoddy capture of the Natives Land Act

2013-08-18 14:00

Jojokhala Mei Johannesburg

The 1913 Natives Land Act Exhibition reviewed by Percy Mabandu left me lukewarm.

Yes, it lacked the gravitas of its subject matter, was badly lit to read and above all I refuse to believe that the national department of rural development and land reform did not rope in the national department of arts and culture to co-curate this exhibition.

The most personal silent story I saw at the exhibition was of the then knitting victors who moved into the bulldozed Sophiatown, which is now the middle class suburb of Triomf.

The source material also omits shocking findings of the endless “native problem” legal commissions that earned apartheid the international label of ”intractable problem”.

I was told that the scenes of the exhibition will be modified, as the exhibition tours more rural provinces, to include images and words of the laws’ impact on prosperous African peasantry.

I look forward to serious improvements when I chance upon the exhibition in the rural provinces.

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