Activist calls for SA to be ‘land of blacks’

2013-06-03 00:00

BLACKS have democracy, but they still don’t have land.

Human rights activist and black consciousness thinker Andile Mngxitama said this at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum during the Mayibuye iAfrica Caravan Campaign to mark the centenary of the 1913 Land Act on Saturday, organised by Tshintsha Amakhaya (TA).

Mngxitama is the author of Biko Lives!: Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko and publisher of the journal New Frank Talk.

“If you don’t have land, you don’t have culture and we won’t be free until we’re returned what is ours,” he told a packed hall.

Mngxitama praised Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe for his land distribution programmes, while slating the Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and his predecessors for failing to fast-track land reform in South Africa.

“Four ministers, 20 years [of democracy], but the [ministers] managed to give us back only eight percent of our land.”

He also criticised the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill 2013, which seeks to extend the date for lodging claims to June 2018. He believes that what is needed for SA is to be declared a land of blacks.

“Let us go take our land by force. A piece of paper will find us in our land.” This remark was met with cheers.

He also called for the new restitution act to be rejected and farm eviction to be stopped.

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