Delayed restitution a disaster

2018-04-19 06:00

What is democracy if white folks still own more than 90% of the land?.

Even after 20 years of the so-called democracy and the so-called freedom.

What is freedom for African people if this has not been reversed?

I said it before and I am saying it again – there won’t be any social cohesion without meaningful and just restoration.

It cannot be business as usual. The future of this country cannot be built on lies. Delayed transformation is a recipe for disaster. I remember when former President Jacob Zuma was forced to pay back the money that was used for his Nkandla security upgrades.

And white people where so in favour of all the movements that were investigating and forcing Zuma to pay back the money, and to step down. Why can’t they do the same when it comes to land.

If not, then they are hypocrites.

If this country is such a democratic country as it is claimed to be – where is democracy with land reforms?

Why is it a complicated matter? Why white people are so quite about the land?

It’s simple, they implemented the unjust systems, benefited from them and they still sitting on those unjust benefits, called “privileges”. A privilege that is at the expense of someone is not a privilege, it is rather an “eviledge”

You will hear people, even the rich Africans in politics, saying Black people are not skilled enough to do farming or agriculture, what are they going to do with land?

Let me tell you something, land is wealth because there is a lot that one can do. Not all the land occupied by white people is producing food or stock.

They run camps, thus making a lot of money out of that land. African people can do the same, in fact it is up to them to decide what to do.

We have young “black” graduates who have crossed the poverty line and have some “formal” education - but are not in a position to buy a house and they also do not qualify for subsidy houses. All they need is land, so that they can build houses for themselves.

We have young people, in many underprivileged communities who are entrepreneurs but they are not doing so well – because they cannot afford to pay rent at shopping malls built in their own communities, owned by white multibillionaires – where is justice in that? All they need is a piece of land – to do business, to build and rent out houses just like what some of the white people do.

Land is not just for growing food. There is a lot that can come out of land, especially considering the economic aspect relating to it.

This government needs to stop limiting people based on agriculture when it comes land. In fact, even the concept of agriculture itself is the very same way African people lived on.

They grew their own food, looking after their stock and they never went hungry. In this so called freedom, people are starving. The government is pushing social grants.

Mandla Klanisi Khayelitsha

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