Afra: rural organisation needs to get its 'bite' back

2009-12-11 00:00

THE Association for Rural Advancement (Afra) has lost its bite and needs to resume mass mobilisation to regain that bite, the organisation was told during its anniversary celebrations yesterday.

Henson Mchunu, an Afra board member, was outlining the organisation’s way forward.

AFRA is an independent NGO working on land rights and agrarian reform in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mchunu said that despite its many successes, the organisation’s intensity has waned and it needs to return to playing a meaningful role in land restitution and fighting for the rights of farm dwellers.

“I don’t know how or why, but Afra has lost its bite and we need to … put the organisation back where it belongs and to continue assisting all those who need its services.”

Mchunu called on the organisation to be part of mass mobilisations so that it can climb back to the way it used to be and that will ensure its success when dealing with challenges.

After 30 years, he said, the organisation is still relevant. “As long as people are still suffering and are landless, Afra will continue to be relevant.”

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