Is the ANC los­ing face about land?

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Cyprian Mpumalanga The ANC is un­der­min­ing its vot­ers’ men­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It has for a while. Ofentse Gaut­eng This vote sends mixed mes­sages. Land ap­pro­pri­a­tion and eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion are the land­marks of ANC pol­icy. I agree, you don’t throw out the baby with the bath wa­ter. Bheki Eastern Cape The land is­sue is be­ing very badly man­aged by the ANC gov­ern­ment. While I agree with Ayanda Dlodlo, I don’t hear about what she did on the spot to cor­rect such a blun­der. Mok­galo Wa Mu­laudzi Gaut­eng The ANC lost a golden op­por­tu­nity. It will with­out doubt risk los­ing face fol­low­ing its op­po­si­tion to a mo­tion in Par­lia­ment by the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) that land should be ex­pro­pri­ated with­out com­pen­sa­tion. I sug­gest that, as a ma­jor­ity party, the ANC swal­low its pride and hon­our the rea­son it was formed in the first place. Land re­pos­ses­sion was cen­tral to its for­ma­tion. Please, ANC, swal­low your pride and vote with the EFF. Me­shack Phele North West Birthright is key to ad­dress­ing un­equal land own­er­ship in our coun­try and ANC MPs for­get that their fore­fa­thers are also vic­tims here. The EFF’s mo­tion is the only way to go be­cause we will

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No let­ters sent as email at­tach­ments will be ac­cepted We do not ac­cept syn­di­cated let­ters We re­serve the right to edit let­ters al­ways travel and say ‘I wish I had a farm like this’. Thank you, Ayanda Dlodlo, for open­ing the eyes of the ANC MPs to the re­al­ity that, with­out land, it is like you don’t have hands to feed your­self. Madiba Lim­popo I would rather vote for the EFF than the ANC be­cause the ANC does not re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion. Bo­ers took our land by force, so why should we com­pen­sate them? John McGinn via SMS Who would vote against get­ting any­thing, es­pe­cially land, for free? A ref­er­en­dum on such an is­sue would sim­ply “le­git­imise” il­le­gal land in­va­sion. There is noth­ing wrong with sec­tion 25 of our Con­sti­tu­tion. Gov­ern­ment must stop the cor­rup­tion and start act­ing with a mod­icum of re­spon­si­bil­ity, or we will be­come an­other Zim­babwe. Ja­cob via SMS I think they should amend the Con­sti­tu­tion. There should be no com­pen­sa­tion for land as it was not bought from our an­ces­tors. Badela Mtungwa KwaZulu-Na­tal I don’t agree with Mdu­miseni Ntuli’s sug­ges­tion of a ref­er­en­dum. We don’t need it. We know what we want. What were we fight­ing for? The strug­gle is and has al­ways been about the land.

The ANC in Par­lia­ment must stop this ten­dency of su­pe­ri­or­ity. It doesn’t have the mo­nop­oly on wis­dom/rev­o­lu­tion­ary ideas. ANC de­ploy­ees must sup­port the ex­pro­pri­a­tion mo­tion, whether it is pro­posed by the op­po­si­tion or not. The ANC de­ploy­ees in Par­lia­ment should stop their po­lit­i­cal mas­tur­ba­tion. We want a land rev­o­lu­tion now. Holo Gaut­eng All th­ese dis­cus­sions and a ref­er­en­dum are a com­plete waste of en­ergy and time. The white set­tler mi­nor­ity did not hold those dis­cus­sions; they were firm and de­ci­sive that they wanted to see us land­less. Change the Con­sti­tu­tion to bring dig­nity to the in­dige­nous peo­ple. Mos­ese Free State I sup­port a change to the Con­sti­tu­tion and ef­fi­cient land re­form.

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