EFF's Motion of Land is Victory and has Changed the Country

2017-03-01 04:54

The EFF scored solid victory in bringing the motion of radical land reform for debate in Parliament. As with any seminal debate of weight, what was debated becomes far more important than the outcome. The outcome for the debate is loss of the vote for EFF but there was a fundamental shift within the walls of the National Assembly because of the motion.

All political parties agreed: the problem of land is more urgent and we can work together for radical land reform. The common threat through the debate was that this problem can be fixed and should be fixed. Others lamented why it has not been fixed after so many years of democracy.

There was no bitter bipartisanship of yelling, but sober reflection on the issue at hand, except some few ANC MPs instead of debating the issue were consumed by self-love. This is what we are accustomed to anyway, that the ANC has made it a part of its character to treat the most serious things with a slight of hand, even the Constitution of the Republic.

The Pan-African Congress of Azania (PAC) Member of Parliament, Luthando Mbinda criticized them sharply. He remarked that these people, seems as if they don’t represent the poor people, they are only concerned about themselves.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) chairperson and African People's Convention leader Themba Godi agreed with the Motion in its entirety.

What was the motion all about in exact terms? The EFF was powerfully entering this failed issue of radical land reform, and in the spirit of comradeship saying to the ANC: Although your record is terrible, you are still humans and hope is never given up on human beings; you can reclaim yourself by doing something now about the issue of land that you have terribly failed, here is the 6% of EFF, please do something tangible and stop talking and blaming white monopoly capital.

The DA positively debated the Motion. That was important angle to take, because with the aggressive posture of the EFF, it is easy to get so taken by the messenger that the message is forgotten.

But it was the Freedom Front Plus that shined, and put the blame squarely to where it belonged. The Freedom Front Plus said we have this problem because the ANC has never undertaken the messy and arduous task of radical land reform and now they have entered into a festering severe storm of blame. There is land all over that is not utilized why is it not purchased it at its current low price? Why always blaming?

To blame other people for your own faults is childish. By seeing themselves as innocent and blaming white monopoly capital for their failures they manage to maintain flimsy, good self-esteem. ANC must stop blaming others for their faults; they must take blame for their mistakes and then feel depressed for their failures, and from that mild depression they will begin to correct their failures. But as along as they blame others for their problems they cannot do anything. Given the ANC's knee jerk tendency to blame other people for their failures nothing is going to happen, and this is the reason why we find ourselves in this  nightmarish situation.

Beyond the vote what emerged out of the motion was a visible shared value and the downgrading of extreme partisanship. The spirit of Nelson Mandela of one united people with shared human aspiration was felt.

The issue of land in economic freedom has been discussed to a great extent by Angus Deaton. Angus Deaton is economic professor at Princeton University. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for his work on the intricacies of measuring human well-being. After he discussed the land at such great depths in his article Housing, Land Prices, and Growth, the great economist concluded: “The social optimum here is for land to be nationalized and not to be allocated through markets”. [Journal of Economic Growth, 6: 87–105, June 2001].

The EFF has once again proven to be ideas-driven ideological platform offering a different track, a new way, and is concerned with the plights of the millions of the masses of South Africans who are wailing at the bottom of the pyramid while nothing is being done to help them.

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