Re­turn all stolen land to the state

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Pa­trick Mphuthi

IN HIS ne­far­i­ous quest to jus­tify apartheid-style land-grabs and to avoid land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion, Pi­eter Groe­newald of the Free­dom Front Plus (re­cently in Par­lia­ment) claimed that land was ei­ther given to Voortrekkers (un­in­vited) and some bought through some kind of trade.

In his des­per­ate at­tempt to main­tain the sta­tus quo – the mi­nor­ity own­ing more than 80% of land – he goes fur­ther to threaten/instigate civil war.

How­ever, he con­ve­niently ig­nores to men­tion that un­just apartheid laws were in place pre­vent­ing Africans from land own­er­ship (Na­tives Land Act of 1913) and that most land was stolen through forced re­movals.

It’s clear that land is a thorny is­sue that will be a cause for con­flicts in the fu­ture and needs a metic­u­lous ap­proach.

Due to lack of em­pir­i­cal proof, as a re­sult of its his­toric na­ture, the land is­sue is open to cor­rup­tion by our of­ten rogue of­fi­cials.

Per­haps, the best ap­proach is to re­turn stolen land to state cof­fers (no need to com­pen­sate stolen prop­erty).

Farm­ing projects and in­cu­ba­tors need to be fa­cil­i­tated and the in­di­gent sup­ported to run com­mer­cial farms. With our por­ous bor­ders and an in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants who have du­bi­ously ac­quired doc­u­ments (through cor­rup­tion) the land is­sue is ex­ac­er­bated.

The gov­ern­ment needs to halt the sale of land, es­pe­cially to for­eign­ers. At least for now. Sand­ton

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