Will we ever get the land back

2018-05-24 06:00

Once again, the ruling party is exposing itself that even if 90% of the branch delegates to its National Conference forwards an issue, their views do not really matter.

What matters is the predetermined view of the 2% of the 80 people who constitute the National Executive Committee.

The Land Summit held over the past weekend is a case in point.

It was widely reported that there is a group within the NEC that holds that Land Expropriation Without Compensation must be put on hold and the constitution not be amended, but use the clause in the constitution to distribute/ acquire the land.

Even during a media statement, the NEC said it wants to first use Section 25 of the Constitution.

That summit should never even have opened discussion of who supports and who does not support land Expropriation Without Compensation.

They should have been discussing the modus operandi.

At the ANC’s 54th National Conference, the Act was discussed and adopted as a policy. So the summit does not have the mandate to say we don’t support the Act.

As voters, we should have an eagle’s view of the delaying tactics used to dismiss the will of the people to Expropriate Without Compensation.

The land was taken through the Land Act of 1913, and can only be retained through the proposed policy, without compensation.

The freedom charter is explicit that t the land belongs to all who work it; that people must govern.

This is not the reality on the ground. The majority still does not own or control the land. It should be remembered that without the land, there shall be no proper education, health services and employment, as these require land to be effective.

For people to enjoy the opportunities, they must first gain access to facilities.

Until this policy is implemented, the three challenges of inequality, unemployment and poverty will continue to dominate.

The weekend Land summit should have discussed the following but not limited to: A programme of action, and the fundamentals.

Andile Qolo Nyanga

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