Fair land share can benefit everyone

2016-12-08 06:01
 Panellists at the high level panel on assessment of key legislation in Parow on Tuesday.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Panellists at the high level panel on assessment of key legislation in Parow on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The land question can only be solved with the redistribution to those who have legitimate claims to it.

This was the assertion of former president Kgalima Motlante when he spoke at the Western Cape hearing of the high level panel on assessment of key legislation held at the His People Ministry in Parow.

He is the chairman of a panel which is conducting public consultations across the country.

The panel will also assess implementation of our laws, identify gaps and propose necessary interventions and recommendations.

The panel’s focus areas are poverty, unemployment, inequality and equitable distribution of wealth, land reform, rural development as well as social cohesion and nation building

Motlante said in all the provinces they had visited namely the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, land was a huge talking point.

“It remains one of the concerns that the community raises in these public forum and the only way to correct it is the redistribution of land as we all know the history of disposition in this country. We also found that one of the biggest hindrances is corruption in addressing such issues,” he said.

Dr Aninka Claassens one of the panelists said that they noticed that as much as the community was aware of steps to take to address their grievances they were often disappointed by the government.

“Failure from government institutions to follow up on complaints of corruption and grievances is one of the biggest concerns for communities,” she said.

Another panelist Olive Chisana said that community members have been attending imbizos but they were still waiting for their concerns to be address and that they looked into them to find the solution.

She added that the panel will compile a report and table it to parliament where hopefully the recommendations will be followed.

The report is expected to be submitted in August 2017 where it will also be launched.

The session was a two day event where representatives from communities from all over the province voiced their concerns.

Among the major issues was crime, lack of housing as well as limited opportunities for young people.

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