Land deprivation is an insult to our being

2016-12-08 06:01
OPinion Xola Skosana

OPinion Xola Skosana

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As the country commemorated the third anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela on December 5th, a different narrative suddenly takes shape.

Compelled by the ongoing humiliation suffered by the majority of landless Black people in South Africa today, the students in particular, say that it is not the death of Mandela but the birth of Sobukwe that inspires us to “serve, suffer and sacrifice” for the return of the Land.

Blacks are herded like livestock in South African townships, a slaughterhouse where every parent hopes against all hope for a miraculous survival of their young ones.

Townships remain painful sights of mass murder.

Statistics reveal that a minimum of 17000 to 18000 Black people are sure to suffer harm and die a violent death every year in all townships.

Landlessness must be the biggest crime the ANC government has presided over these last 22 years, for fear of offending White sensibilities.

Deliberately keeping with the status quo, they keep on using township folks as vote fodder, since the clever Blacks in the suburbs-quarantined like rabid animals-can no longer be trusted.

Overcrowded human settlements do not only breed disease and crime, they are lucrative markets for testing the feasibility of new products, to satisfy the needs of the capitalist class for market share.

Business plans for new comers count on the prospects of profits that can accrue from the sheer numbers of people trapped in these hellholes. For every death and every birth, the Black existence, from the cradle to the grave has become a matter of statistics and an object of study to acquire a PhD and get paid as an expert on Black suffering.

Khayelitsha was a sand dune until it converted to accommodate about 300 000 Blacks in 1983, has now become a home for close to two million Blacks.

If WESGRO stats are anything to go by, almost 50% of all Cape Town inhabitants now live here, making this community the second largest Black township after Soweto, with a housing backlog of over 400 000 to date.

Successive political administrations in all Nine provinces in this country have only sought to “improve”the lives of our people within these confines, careful not to disturb the structure of separate development, a policy that undergirded Apartheid.

The preservation of White privilege has been the cornerstone of South African democracy these last 22 years, forcing millions to wake up to the insult of degraded, overcrowded and underdeveloped living spaces.

Until and unless the structure of human settlement is overhauled, until and unless access to land is prioritized, all efforts to restore the dignity of Black people will fail.

For this reason, we will mobilize for land to end the war on Blackness. In the words the prophet of old, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” the one and only. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, a God to us, as Biko once exclaimed! Land or Death.

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