Do not rush land reform
The context and complexity of land ownership in SA can not and must not be rushed to please certain quotas of our society.
The Bible tells about God’s creation of man to rule the world, not ruin it. When God created man he never said there is one race better than the other. He created everyone equal. The subsequent wars, migration and displacement of humans was created by man, not by God.
Generations have come and gone but we have witnessed the same mistakes being carried over from one generation to the next in one form or the other.
While attempts have been made by world leaders or politicians to create harmony and peace in the world, some politicians are about to create havoc and unnecessary civil unrest in some parts of the world.
The land issue is to this day a very delicate matter throughout the world be it in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine to America where the judiciary is still trying to resolve centuries old matters involving Native Americans and their famous “Doctrine of Discovery”.
The context and complexity of land ownership in South Africa can not and must not be rushed to please certain quotas of our society.
Any plan or policy to rush through this emotive issue will be reckless and can only be done by those blindfolded by shortsightedness or in pursuit of a populist agenda.
Current President Cyril Ramaphosa once said in 1993 while taking part in transition talks with the previous regime: ‘’The massively unequal distribution of land is not merely an unfortunate legacy of apartheid, it is the totally unacceptable continuation of apartheid’’.
Now fast forward to 2018. The ANC in its collective wisdom supported by the Freedom Charter, which was meant to be their guiding compass when they took power in 1994, have failed to move in the right direction in as far as land is concerned. We have had three very wise and educated former presidents with credible struggle credentials who opted to circumvent any drastic land redistribution.
What has changed now? Why such a rush? Why the former president Jacob Zuma never pushed for this radical land reform while the Polokwane and Mangaung national conferences of the ANC took resolutions on this land matter?
The department of rural development under Gugile Nkwinti came up with the Comprehensive Rural Development Plan designed to motivate, energize, inspire, train and equip individuals on various farming activities.
What happened to this plan? Was it implemented and supported fully to its intended completion? The answer is simple NO.
If the ANC under former president Zuma failed twice to implement conference resolutions what has changed now? Why should we trust the ANC under President Ramaphosa?
If the ANC was sure about its position and direction President Ramaphosa would’nt have established the special Advisory Committee on land while in parliament they voted for the bill to amend our Constitution. It’s a case of putting the cart before the horse.
The ANC made a grand entrance into government in 1994 without any proper sustainable grand plans for our country.
Even former president Nelson Mandela, addressing Americans in 1992, failed to define the ANC’s economic policy for our country and simply told them it doesn’t matter whether the cat is white or black as long as it catches the mice.
Let the new parties like the African Transformation Movement get into parliament and put the breaks on this runaway driverless train on a path towards the destruction of our country and its citizens. —
President Cyril Ramaphosa