Land reform too slow, says Zuma

2012-02-10 07:20

Cape Town - The pace of land redistribution in South Africa is "slow and tedious", President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Delivering his State of the Nation address to a joint sitting of Parliament, he said there was general agreement that the willing buyer, willing seller option was not working.

"We have only distributed eight percent of the 30% target of land redistribution for 2014 that we set ourselves," Zuma said.

"The process is slow and tedious and there is general agreement that the willing buyer, willing seller option has not been the best way to address this question," he said, to loud applause from MPs.

That was why government had introduced a new policy framework, the Green Paper on Land Reform.

"We urge the public to participate in the process of improving land redistribution and reform to reverse the impact of the 1913 [Natives Land] Act," Zuma said.

This act had taken away 87% of the land from black people.

  • Merven - 2012-02-10 07:42

    So the ANC wants to speed up the screwing of our country and agricultural sector to be more specific. Why don't you just put it plainly Zuma?

      Thuthuka - 2012-02-10 09:29

      Government policy isn't the problem, it's the "elements" involved in their execution that are the problem.

  • Henri James Christie - 2012-02-10 07:53

    Would be interesting to see the stats on farms that have been "redistributed" success. Probably pie in the sky as the ANC don't acknowledge their failures!!!

      Thuthuka - 2012-02-10 09:41

      Although the SONA is an outline upon which the respective ministers are to elaborate at next weeks press conference, I too would have loved a bit more detail on this aspect too. On your last sentence (quite funny and somewhat naive), they did admit failures. layman:"We failed at..." Politician: "The challenges that lie 'ahead'..." I digress. You're spot on. he gave Grade R enrollment stats. Could have given us something on land redistribution/reform and some figures around the Limpopo issue.

  • Vince.York - 2012-02-10 07:54

    And here we understood from many reports that the funds allocated to be paid over to exiting farmers was all embezzled just like every other fund has been bled dry these past near 20 years! Africa Time wins again, hands down for doing nothing in as long a time as possible though. World First - deserving of another R2billion bash! Easy lessons available directly from Limpoopooh - land of the unaccountable!

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-10 08:28

    Mr Zuma needs to go a gear up on the land issue. Fast track is the only solution.

      Scouter - 2012-02-10 12:09

      That's right Kusleg - follow the Zimbabwe example. Now there's a success story. From 'Bread Basket of Africa' to 'Begging Bowl' in one or two easy steps.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-02-10 08:30

    I have in writing offered our irregated Sugar Farm to dept of land affairs on 2 occasions prior to putting it on open market I did not as mush as get a confirmation of receipt of my correspondance. SOOO PLEASE Mr President. Its not working cause your staff is to danm lazy to work!!! We would gladly sell. Even to a white if we have to.

  • Heinrich - 2012-02-10 08:40

    Communism under the scapegoat of "apartheid" yet again...yes, give away productive land to individuals that do not want to farm or do not know how to...

  • darkangelBDF - 2012-02-10 08:42

    Oh, okay. Let's speed up the demise of our country by handing over land to uneducated (in cultural affairs to those who want to become racist) land owners where the resources will wither away and die and cost the country millions. You are not born a farmer, you BECOME one through years of passion and HARD WORK. Mahalla does not make you a farmer. Just look at those who have already been handed free land. They screwed it up royally. When will government realize that agriculture is perhaps the single most important aspect to ensure economic success in our country. Sounds like a perfect plan, Mr Zuma. Go ahead while I get my family and my passports in order.

  • jorg.gurtler - 2012-02-10 08:50

    So where does it end,why don't the Americans also move back to Europe and give back all the Land to the Indians..and maybe just hand back Australia while you are at it...We are mixed and that's how the whole world will be one day,a shade of Grey,the sooner the world realizes that we are all connected, and are all entitled to what it is we work towards,regardless of color race. or creed, the better for all

      Michael - 2012-02-10 10:49

      Ends when the native people of the land own the land

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-15 20:13

      @michael, you're obviously referring to the khoisan?

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-10 12:09

    F*k die land nog vinniger op.

  • mabotjak - 2012-02-10 15:50

    Expropriation of land without compensation must come into play. We must take back what belongs to us."willing buyer willing seller," is complete nonsense.

      Heinrich - 2012-02-10 22:15

      hai shame mabotjak, can't work and save up for your own piece of land now can you?

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-15 20:15

      @mabotjak - do you really think you'll get a piece of land? And it never belonged to you. It belonged to the khoisan, not you northern rouble rousers

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