Khoisan to march to Parliament

2010-09-02 17:16

Cape Town – Khoisan plan to march on Parliament on Saturday demanding recognition of their status and rights as South Africa's "first indigenous people", a group said on Thursday.

The Khoisan Emergency Committee said "thousands of Khoi and Boesman" men, women and children would take part in the march.

The march would also be a public declaration of the establishment of the Khoi and Boesman National Assembly, it said in a statement.

The march would be followed by a ceremony at the Company's Gardens.

The committee said it wanted to be properly consulted by the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

"We demand full recognition of all our blood line leaders, including the Boesmans, Namas, Griquas, Koranas and the Cape Khoi," it said.

"We demand a full review of all land rights claims submitted by our people and the proper and sustainable implementation of all agreements relating to settled claims."