Spot­light on land is­sue at re­gional ANC con­fer­ence

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

LAND ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion took cen­tre stage at the 7th ANC Musa Dladla Re­gional Con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land.

Open­ing the con­fer­ence, ANC NEC mem­ber David Ma­sondo al­layed fears that the land is­sue would drive away po­ten­tial in­vestors.

‘We have two op­tions re­gard­ing this is­sue - one is to take the land with­out com­pen­sa­tion and lease it to those who will use it ef­fec­tively, or to say to land own­ers that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

‘This will make it easy and eco­nom­i­cal for in­vestors to in­vest in our coun­try as the gov­ern­ment will lease the land at a cheaper price,’ he said.

Ma­sondo’s speech comes in the wake of the re­cent vi­o­lence linked to land grabs in the coun­try.

Dis­trict Mayor Nonhle Mkhulisi told del­e­gates for the re­gion to work, tra­di­tional lead­er­ship must be re­spected ‘as they have vested in­ter­ests in ANC mat­ters’.

‘They are wait­ing to see how we as­sist them to get their land back, as some of them have pend­ing land claim cases with the Depart­ment of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Land Af­fairs.

‘We will have to join hands in as­sur­ing them that we will pro­tect the land un­der the In­gonyama Trust,’ she said.

SACP Dis­trict Sec­re­tary, David Chonco, urged the ANC to speed up the process of land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

‘We need to discuss the is­sue of In­gonyama Trust land. We know how this act was for­mu­lated.

‘We are not un­der­min­ing His Majesty the King, but let us find ways of deal­ing with this is­sue,’ he said.

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