Griquas welcome engagements

2015-11-27 06:00
The Kokstad Griqua Traditional Council chairperson, Gabriel Marais speaks about government engagement on Exceptions to the 1913 Policy Framework. Photo: ntuntu dweba

The Kokstad Griqua Traditional Council chairperson, Gabriel Marais speaks about government engagement on Exceptions to the 1913 Policy Framework. Photo: ntuntu dweba

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THE chairperson of the Griqua Traditional Council in Kokstad, Gabriel Marais, welcomed government's disposition to cater to the Khoi and San people, this after Marais attended a dialogue on Exceptions to the 1913 Policy Framework.

According to a government report, the purpose of the dialogue is to provide a platform to enable further discussions with a particular focus on finalising consultation on the Exceptions Policy Framework, which is to be submitted to cabinet with a request for approval to publish the policy framework for public and finalising consultation.

“We are pleased with the engagements by government with regards to land claims, especially because the Exceptions policy, when it become law, will enable the Khoisan people to lodge claims for land they lost before 1913. It is a known fact that Khoisan people lost most of their land before 1913.”

Marais said government, in partnership with the Khoisan people, are formulating a policy that will show Khoisan people how to claim their land.

“The policy will encourage engagements between claimants and the people who are currently occupying the land. In our case as Griquas, our land is occupied by farmers.

“We will engage with farmers in order to find ways in which we can transfer the land without hampering food production or threatening food security.”

The restoration of land will also restore the dignity of the Griqua people he said.

“We were a lost people, land will restore our sense of belonging - its high time that we get back what belongs to us.”

He said they are going to be registering Griqua landmarks and heritage sites soon.

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