Land use must be productive
DA supports proper land restitution providing food, jobs
WESTERN Cape premier and DA politician Helen Zille told Tentergate villagers that choosing the DA meant choosing jobs instead of poverty.
Zille spoke at the community hall on Saturday, encouraging community members to vote for the DA.
She said if they kept voting for the same political parties as in the past, they should not be surprised if their situation did not change.
“The EFF wants to politicise the land issue more than ensuring that it is used productively to alleviate poverty, especially in the Eastern Cape,” Zille said.
“Having land does not mean anything if you do not produce anything from it. This province has the most fertile land and rain than anywhere currently – if its people used it wisely, more could come out of it.”
She said President Jacob Zuma was enriching himself and his family, destroying businesses in the country in the process.
Zille added that if the DA came to power in the Eastern Cape, it would do all it had promised.
A fundraising dinner at the Queens Casino and Hotel followed with Zille reacting to a question on the redistribution of land during a question-and-answer session.
“The DA is very clear when it comes to land, our focus is to get both land restitution and redistribution right. We strongly support land restitution where people have valid land claims but we want that land to become productive because we need all available land to produce food and jobs.
“Currently this is not happening and the failure rate of restituted land is massive. Some people have land but it has not done anything to change their circumstances because the entire productive capacity of their land has been destroyed. The Eastern Cape should be one of the world’s biggest food economies because it has much greater riches than gold,” Zille said.
She said that in 90% of claims of the successful claimants have opted to take money rather than the land itself, which indicated that people believed that their future was not in farming but in urban areas.
TALKING TO THE PEOPLE: Western Cape premier and former DA leader Helen Zille with DA councillor Zuko Mandile speaking to the community at Tentergate village