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Blacks never stole Khoisan land

29 July 2014, 14:06

The land question is a stubborn ghost that will haunt us for many years to come. The sooner it is resolved the better for our quest to build an equal and just society. With the arrival of the EFF in our mainstream politics, the land question has taken another dimension. The EFF is calling for expropriation of land without compensation whilst the ruling party is romanticising the land debacle with their ineffective policies. How long should this question be allowed to go unresolved in a country characterised by inequalities? How long should the ANC realise that their policies amount to gatekeeping of white privilege?

Freedom Front plus MP, Pieter Groenewald is suffering from apartheid nostalgia by reminding us the divide and rule policy.  It is morally wrong for Mr Groenewald to claim that blacks stole Khoisan land. I don’t dispute the fact that the Khoisan people are the first inhabitants of Southern Africa. Mr Groenewald must not be allowed to separate Khoisan and their fellow black people. Maybe he can tell us the racial group that Khoisan people belong to if not black. Displacements of people in Africa can be traced back in to our early history and therefore should not be interpreted as a way of acquiring land from others.

The land debacle should be resolved before it is continuously used as an instrument to further divide Africans. How can we steal land in the continent of our origin? Unfounded claims such as these should be shamed in our young democracy. CODESA III must be conducted if we are to resolve this question and spare ourselves from further divisions and inequalities arising from landlessness.

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