COLUMN: Our salvation is in regaining all our land

2016-11-24 06:01

The majority of people in South Africa are suffering, whereas else is having a good time, including the ruling elite.

The decolonisation process has set in and the future is ushering a new dispensation.

For the ANC or any party to remain relevant, they must properly address the land question.

Two political, economic and legal issues that need to be resolved, which are fundamental to the restoration of human dignity and social justice to the indigenous people of Azania are: the land question and the property clause in the constitution.

The PAC says the “sunset clause” which brought us the “property clause” must be turned willingly and determinedly into the “sunrise clause”. During negotiations for the peaceful transition from colonial-apartheid into the political democracy we are witnessing now the sun set on the possibility of Africans seeing their land returning back from the colonial settlers and their offsprings.

The land dispossession of the African people of this country did not begin in 1913, as the land restitution programme of the ANC seems to suggest. It began from the first day of colonial aggression with the roaring guns of Europe decimating Africans in their ancestral land. By 1913 only crumbs of land were left for Africans. To suggest that only that land which was taken after 1913 must be returned to the people is wrong without considering the land stolen since 1652.

The promulgation of Land Act in 1913 meant the following: (i) the legislation of land grab in Azania, (ii) government played a central role in wrestling land away from Africans and in the massive exploitation of Africans, (iii) the land stolen before 1913 could not legally be accounted for, and was taken by the barrel of a gun, (iv) only a legal instrument (an Act) can equally expropriate land from whites in South Africa, and (v) since there are no records on compensation of land was made to Africans who lost their land there is no need for compensation.

The Union of South Africa in 1910 was a union of provinces, of the African land. This culminated in the Europeanisation of the ownership and governance in Azania. Nothing was left of the Africans. The ANC which was formed afterwards, in 1912, sought to do something honourable to fight for the return of the stolen land. As from 1955, after the Kliptown resolutions, to divert the philosophical and political course, the ANC neglected the land question. For that reason the PAC is against the ANC Freedom Charter because is a “freedom cheater”.

Quite strangely, in 1994, the ANC made it permanent that the land question should remain unresolved. They handed legally to their European colonial master our land through the adoption of “property clause”. The PAC says “property clause must fall”. As if it is not enough the ANC tried to confuse themselves by adopting a “willing buyer, willing seller” model of repossession, which also, according to them, failed dismally because it was not intended to return the land. They were playing us for a fool to think that colonists would voluntarily relinquish the land they accumulated painfully through killing many Africans in the frontier wars. To relinquish land to the settlers is to relinquish money and power to their nemesis.

It is therefore foolhardy to expect European settlers to give up their “so-called” inheritance. Do you think their ancestors and future generation would forgive them? Compromise and property clause are a sell-out revolutionary tactics employed by the liberals and communists of the ANC. For example, the land restitution programme established after 1994 by the ANC government the Africans (majority population) in the country have only 15, 200 000 hectares of land while the whites (minority population) own 106, 800 000 hectares of land. This does not comply with Gods principle on land repossession experienced in true liberation.

Christians to must support and vote the PAC into power, as it is the only trusted liberation movement that fights for what God has created and redistributed among the nations of the world. They must support the project of returning the land to the rightful owners, the indigenous people of Africa. During their colonial defeat Africans lost land, property, loved ones, their identity and future, and so appropriation of land without compensation as well as nationalisation of mines are two important positive actions. It must be stressed that Africans have not sinned against God. They were attacked by the settlers, and only responded by fighting back to defend what God gave them.

The PAC reminds us all, especially Christians, about the theology of land: “Your country is desolate, your land, strangers devour in your presence, it is as overthrown by strangers” (Isaiah 1:7).

To the dispossessed Africans of this country God is commanding, “Behold, the Lord thy God has set the land before thee, go and possess it as the Lord the God of thy fathers has said unto thee, fear not, neither be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 1:21).


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