The buzz word doing the rounds now is: Land expropriation without compensation.
The government has decided to embrace this old-aged outcry from the previously landless masses.
The issue of land has been the cornerstone of the founding of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania(PAC).
This was the party’s main demand since its establishment. To no avail, it seems.
The Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) seem to have taken up the cudgels and rekindled the cry of the landless.
However, this time, this demand seems to have had a buy-in from the ANC, the ruling party.
All’s well that ends well. But is it?. Does it? Will it? Hear me out.
For any act to take effect in law in a democratic state, certain steps will have to be taken or considered.
Ours is not a Banana Republic, hence the constitution is our guide for things to take shape the way we want them.
Verbal gymnastics notwithstanding, it is not as easy as that.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, there is already a growing outcry from some sections of our population as to how this will play itself out(land expropriation without compensation).
Even among our own, there are different interpretations as to how this cause will take effect.
Unpacking this without tangible explanation; therein lies the rub.
In our country, leaders have this tendency of debating these issues only in Parliament and, as if by a sorcerer’s wand, assume that people on the ground understand exactly even the minutest of detail.
And because of the different interpretations, this has prompted an increase in land invasions.
Meanwhile, the landed classes feel threatened, exclaiming that there will be chaos if this is allowed.
Is land expropriation without compensation going against the wishes of the present land owning class.
With the advent of our democracy, many of us held to the belief that things would automatically fall into place and we will so ever live in paradise. It was wishful thinking.
Leaders need to come to the masses as if it was going to be their last vote.
But then the question should be, who stands to benefit from land expropriation. For, reality speaks otherwise. But, in the end this should benefit the rightful owners.
Politicians should make sure that no class action shall prevail after expropriation. I so wish that thorough consultation is done. Umhlaba!