Privatise ex-homeland land - DA

2011-10-06 22:41

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants people who live on communally owned land, mainly applying to those who live in the former homelands, to have full and unhindered individual ownership of their land.

DA shadow minister of rural development and land affairs Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Thursday that her party was submitting a private members' bill to Parliament's Speaker Max Sisulu with the aim of giving effect to the notion.

Mazibuko said that people living in the former homelands make up half of South Africa's population of about 50 million.

"It is unacceptable that, in the seventeenth year of democracy, they are still waiting for their land rights to be made secure," she said.

Mazibuko went on to say that the inequities bequeathed by colonialism and apartheid must be redressed to ensure a thriving rural economy that provides for job creation and economic growth.

"We strongly believe that full individual ownership must be extended to ensure that people living on communally owned land are empowered to live unencumbered on their land and leverage it to improve their livelihoods.

"Without full individual property rights, residents on communally owned land cannot use their land as loan collateral, rent, or sell any portion of it to enjoy the full benefits of land ownership," she said.


According to the DA's policy document, land ownership had the potential to ensure the expansion and diversification of the commercial agriculture sector to increase productivity, create more rural jobs and promote food security.

Mazibuko said the Constitutional Court's May 2010 finding necessitated the legislative amendments as the Communal Land Rights Act had been declared unconstitutional.

The DA's proposed law says that legislation must be drafted to ensure that all land in the former homelands is surveyed so that it is known exactly how much land exists and who is living on it.

Currently, this land is categorised as "un-surveyed, unregistered state land" and "trust land" and is not properly registered in any database.

"Once the process of surveying land is complete, land must be registered in individuals' names in the Deeds Registry after a public announcement has been made calling for individual community members to register ownership of the land they are currently living on," Mazibuko said.


She said the rates collection system that applied in municipal areas should be applied in these areas as well, so that the entire country would be covered by a simple and uniform rates collection system.

"Currently, this system is not applied to communally held land. This new system would require these areas to be demarcated as municipalities and therefore subject to the provisions of the Municipal Systems Act," Mazibvuko said.

"We trust that the portfolio committee on private members' legislative proposals and special petitions will consider our proposal favourably, and bring much needed relief to the residents on communally owned land.

"People living in the former homelands have been denied individual land ownership for too long. We believe it is high time that their rights are recognised as part of our national land reform strategy."

  • ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-06 23:12

    It makes one wonder where Mr Malema gets his data from when he says that 90% of land is owned by whites.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-10-07 08:26


      Obvious - 2011-10-07 09:04

      Now I wonder will they pay rates and water once they get afforded their own land. Don't think that will work for the free loaders. Have you thought about that Lindiwe? My dumpling, they will toitoi you flat.

      analyse - 2011-10-12 12:01

      @ShadowfaxUK How much do they own if I may ask

      Tolerant - 2011-10-12 12:16

      Analyse, 44% in 2001. (mail and guardian 2009) Maybe we will know more in a years time.

      analyse - 2011-10-12 12:28

      @Tolerant, are you serious you basing your argument on Mail n Guardian, do yourself a favour and download a research by The world bank: If you love facts it will be of great use, becareful of everything you read in the press - go way out and do further research of your own. 44% lol, what a joke

  • letsee - 2011-10-06 23:36

    Mr.Malema is either misinformed or a lier.

      Vuzi - 2011-10-07 00:14

      That would be both. Also, he is fat. And ugly. Really, I don't know what Floyd sees in him.

      Myth - 2011-10-07 05:11

      @Vuzi: apparently love is blind...

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-07 09:25

      Vusi Floyd doesnt look at jujus face.

      ChrisG - 2011-10-07 10:13

      It's a bit hard to see anything with his head buried so far up Juju's backside.

  • Roman Moroni - 2011-10-07 00:14

    Won't work Lindiwe - ANC/Gawwamund will do everything in their power not to do that, because that might just scew their numbers that they base all their accusations about land ownership on. It will also all of a sudden have a lot of their sheeple pay rates and taxes which might just give cause to loss of popularity and lots of extra riots about non-delivery of services, and frankly they can do without that bad publicity.

  • DFSS - 2011-10-07 02:47

    I would have thought the ANC would have made the law about 17 years ago, giving property ownership to 50% of SA poor instantly is great. ANC why did you wait for the DA to rescue the poor people of SA?

  • farmworker - 2011-10-07 08:03

    Lindiwe Mazibuko trying to score some point, I recommend that this lady be promoted to be DA Party Leader

      JMan - 2011-10-07 08:10

      I recommend that you STFU.

      farmworker - 2011-10-07 08:27

      @JMan she is our agents as soon as she wins the votes she is gonna cross the floor, this really goes to show the intelligence of the African National Congress. VIVA Lindiwe Mazibuko I started liking this lady as soon as I discovered the strategy.

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:07

      farmworker I really dont think that she wants to cross the floor and be labelled a maaifoedie.

      Wade Mackintosh - 2011-10-07 09:21

      @farmworker - I agree. I think Lindiwe Mazibuko is a fantastic & educated lady. I think I would vote for to be president, I think she has the PEOPLES (black & white) best interest at heart. We are divided, blacks hate Zille, whites hate ANC, I think she can be the turning point for South Africa, whether she is in the ANC or DA or anything else, I believe she is the "one" (Matrix analogy)

      Jakes-cpt - 2011-10-07 11:39

      After Zille finishes what she started and reeped the award for it - yes.

  • mzanzirules - 2011-10-07 08:25

    Firstly this 87% land to the whites and 13% land to the blacks is a fairy tale as close to 70% of land in South Africa is useless, Kalahari, Karoo etc... When the split came in 1948, and total populations where equal, the usable land was split right down the middle. The question is who did what with the land they had and who did not? I’m getting sick and tired of the deliberate skewing of history by the politicians just like JZ’s claim the settlers culled the Khoi-San, when the settlers got here they were already decimated and assimilated into the Xhosa’s

  • crackerr - 2011-10-07 08:53

    Dear land takers, As long as you share the land with ALL of us - whites and blacks - it will be fine. It will also of course have to include the land currently occupied by blacks. In the name of fairness and equity they will have to share what land currently occupy. Just don't think we - black and white - will allow YOU or some of your pals to register the land in YOUR names. We will demand absolute access at all times to OUR land and we will share in the production and proceeds of the land, if any. And don't try to bluff us with excuses like the State or the Party will keep the land in trust for us. Deal? On behalf of the millions of South Africans and current non-citizens, all in eager anticipation.

  • hadedah - 2011-10-07 08:56

    Personally I think this is a very good idea. will create home ownership with ground that is available, should be properly marked out into small towns with proper suburbs where schools and sporting facilities can be started. and furthermore proper Doctors facilities and hospitals in each of the towns to cater for the residents. electricity and proper sewage and proper water supplies to each home. It will take time but will be very worthwhile.

      Patricky - 2011-10-07 11:13

      Why only homeland land.The whole of SA must be returned to its rightfull owners.Minister must look at the 1820 and pre 1820 land ownership and transections.Please minister redress the land injustices of that era equitably.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-10-07 09:09

    I challenge anyone to travel through the old Transkei and Ciskei. Thousands of acres of productive land lies fallow. Who owns all this land. Why can people there not buy land and farm it. Oh no, the old headman/henchman and his family decide who can do what, when and where with this land. Easier to live off the variety of grants on offer and make more babies and kidnap and marry young girls.

  • Jakes-cpt - 2011-10-07 09:11

    Helen Zille for President and Lindiwe Mazibuko for Deputy President - you guys rock!

  • Vince York - 2011-10-07 09:36

    ALL SA is about to be consolidated into ONE PROVINCE and doled out to the KINGS - let alone any thought of privatisation or land tenure!

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 10:15

      By kings do you mean the maaifoedie elite?

  • Mnumzane1 - 2011-10-07 11:09

    It will help you lot if you took the time to look at the official land ownership statistics from the relevant govt departments (agriculture & Rural Development & Land Reform). Then argue on facts not perceptions. It is a fact that Blacks DO NOT own any thing close to 50% of ARABLE land in this country. There must be equitable land distribution amongst other things or else the landless masses will rise up against the land owners! It is not in the interest of South Africans to risk such possible eventualities.

  • Mnumzane1 - 2011-10-07 11:13

    Land can not be created, therefore it is more prudent to rather own less than risk having nothing (in the event of an uprising/revolution).

      crackerr - 2011-10-07 12:11

      @ Mnumzane1 How is the land distribution supposed to take place? Who gets what and who will the new owners be? It is a agenda being driven by opportunists for their own enrichment. Do you really foresee that millions of South Africans will leave the cities and move to land far away? It is a ludicrous notion. Anyway, what difference if a revolution which destroys our food sustainability (Somalia outcome) by removing or drastically reducing commercial farming or peacefully eliminating commercial farming (also Somalia outcome)? Who should care which of the two methods is followed if the consequences will be identical? Threats of revolution make no impression.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-10-07 12:16

    Lindiwe, as usual, you make sense. Which is precisely why the ANC government and the sheep that follow their 'leadership' will find all sorts of reasons to ignore this idea. Why solve problems logically and fairly, when you can loot, burn, and blame everything on white people?

  • Mnumzane1 - 2011-10-07 12:21

    EnglishBoer, work on facts and not on racist perceptions and propaganda. Africans fed themselves well before European invasion. It is the likes of unrepent people like you who will give populists and reactionaries ammunition to cause unrest in the country as they point out the failure of non-racialism. Whites will be the biggest losers in the anarchy that will result. Africans are already poor and the chaos will not make their lives any worse than it is. Beware of the man with nothing to lose because he just doesnt care what happens next!!

  • Mnumzane1 - 2011-10-07 12:27

    Farming is hard work I agree, but then who does the back breaking manual farm work? The last time I checked farm labourers were black! So much for working hard...

  • Stranddassie - 2011-10-07 13:34

    All I hear about is black and white land ownership. Tell you what, You can have the rest of South Africa and my coloured buddies and me will have the Western Cape...

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