Re­turn land to the peo­ple

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Mok­galo wa Mu­laudzi Gaut­eng We need not ne­go­ti­ate for our stolen land. There were never ne­go­ti­a­tions when our land was stolen. In­stead, our fore­bears were mur­dered for their land. We must take our land back and never com­pen­sate any thief for that. In fact, we must ex­pro­pri­ate with­out com­pen­sa­tion and even charge the thieves with theft and mur­der. We see no need to even con­sider the Con­sti­tu­tion. We must change it to our ad­van­tage and favour. The ANC and the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) must put their petty dif­fer­ences aside and vote for land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion. We don’t have much time left. The time is now. Lourens via SMS No, land distri­bu­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion is not fea­si­ble. These mis­guided land claimers must re­mem­ber that some of them only ar­rived a few years be­fore the Voortrekkers and de­posed the orig­i­nal na­tive peo­ple, the Khoisan, from their land. So, the land, in fact, does not be­long to them. They have no claim to the land they want re­dis­tributed. VJ Ngqotheni Gaut­eng Not only did the set­tlers steal the land, but they also stole plenty of live­stock and a great deal of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty that be­longed to the peo­ple they en­slaved, to en­rich them­selves. Tony Eastern Cape Who will con­tinue to main­tain and de­velop this land? How will the land be dis­trib­uted? What about ar­eas where the cur­rent “claimants” have never been be­fore? South of the Fish River? Will those pre­vi­ously dis­pos­sessed by other indige­nous tribes claim that land back? Never for­get that his­tory is rewrit­ten by whoso­ever is in con­trol. Gait­siwe Jef­frey North­ern Cape I grew up on the farm where I was born and most of our peo­ple are afraid to talk be­cause they will be chased from the farm and they are hard work­ers. Cathy KwaZulu-Natal How can you take land with­out com­pen­sa­tion from those who have bought it and worked it, and not call that steal­ing? This is what was done by the apartheid govern­ment. Two wrongs don’t make it right. It was wrong then and will be wrong now. Let’s work to­gether to ad­dress the wrongs of the past, not against one an­other. Holo Gaut­eng Ja­cob Zuma be­came the head of state in 2009. Where was this rad­i­cal­ism all this time? These calls of rad­i­cal­ism are not gen­uine, but an ex­er­cise to counter the EFF be­cause the ANC is bleed­ing sup­port to the Red Berets. The cir­cum­stances of black peo­ple have not changed, even for those who are em­ployed. They are just paid slaves. Just ask how they are be­ing treated at work by their white col­leagues.

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