- Cope leader Musiuoa Lekota has warned that South Africans will be killed if the government pursues land expropriation without compensation
- Lekota said he was convinced that if people’s land was taken from them forcefully, there would be killings in all sectors of society
- The Cope leader said the government owned enough land which it could release to the people of South Africa without having to resort to land expropriation without compensation
Congress of the People (Cope) leader Musiuoa Lekota has warned that South Africans will be killed if the national government pursued its proposed land expropriation without compensation policy.
Lekota said he was convinced that if South Africans allowed the majority party in Parliament to take people’s properties forcefully, there would be killings in all sectors of society which would include all races in the country.
“We would be allowing that if we vote for men and women who are going to be adventurous and act recklessly as some of the speeches I heard there at Unisa. Hence, I said those of us who fought for this Constitution will not allow this. We will resist as best as we can,” Lekota said.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Lekota said the government owned enough land which it could release to the people of South Africa without having to resort to land expropriation without compensation.
Lekota tried to clarify his stance on the land debate on Wednesday after he was heckled from the debate on land expropriation held at Unisa on Monday.
During his address, Lekota said the land had not been stolen from black people, but had been won through battles and wars.
Lekota said: “You cannot say land was stolen, that is belittling … we fought for our freedom. We fought nine battles defending ourselves. There is no British army commander, who even to this day, can claim he defeated Basotho and reached the top of Thaba Bosiu Mountain in Lesotho.”
Lekota is a former high-ranking member of the ANC who was imprisoned on Robben Island along with other notable anti-apartheid struggle stalwarts.
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