- UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has added his voice to the debate surrounding land reform in South Africa
- Holomisa said the constitutional review process was a chance for all South Africans to be heard and to make their arguments instead of making noise
- He said the ANC had failed to manage the economic emancipation of the majority of South Africans since before 1994
United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has added his voice to the debate surrounding land reform in South Africa. Holomisa said there needed to be a wholesale review of land ownership in the country.
Holomisa said the constitutional review process was a chance for all South Africans, regardless of race, to be heard and to make their arguments instead of making noise and useless comments.
Holomisa said now was the time to finish the fight for freedom, he said phase one had been political freedom and phase two would be about economic freedom. He said economic freedom could only be achieved by giving people land. Holomisa said the fight for freedom was never finished by the ANC.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Holomisa was careful to point out that the UDM would not impose any position on the matter and wanted to the opinions of all South Africans. He added that in any conflict there were no winners.
Holomisa believes the African National Congress (ANC) which led the negotiations for political freedom has failed to economically emancipate the majority of South Africans.
“It might have come late because the system, which we all agreed at the World Trade Centre, unfortunately, the government of South Africa, the ANC, failed to manage that. But at the end of the day, the majority citizens must find a solution, to make sure that the majority citizens of South Africa feel proud to own a piece of land, unlike currently. So you do not have to be white or black, all we want is in line with the desires of peace, let’s live in harmony in South Africa.”
Holomisa said with the adoption of the proposal to expropriate land without compensation the time for theorising had passed and the time had come to address the real issues.
He said all aspects of land ownership in South Africa needed to be reviewed, referring to communal land in the Eastern Cape he said people there were building expensive houses on land and could then not get those homes insured.
Holomisa also took aim at the Zulu King for his remarks about going to war, Holomisa said: “There is a need to review the land tenure system in South Africa. You have for instance Ingonyama Trust, the King is threatening war, blah blah – let him come and explain himself, who owns this land and what powers one has, and what is the role of individual South Africans who fall under Ingonyama Trust. So it’s the best opportunity ever, I am happy because the UDM has been pushing to have a national convention to talk education, to talk economy, and land. I can’t wait for the process to start.”
He added that it was madness to expect 52 million black people to continue seeking jobs for 3 million white people, instead of investing in the black population.
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