- DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it was critical for black people to own land in South Africa
- Wednesday marked the 105th anniversary of the 1913 Native Land Act
- Maimane said the DA has a programme which if resourced correctly would successfully deliver land reform and land restitution
On Wednesday, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said it was absolutely critical for black South Africans to own land. Maimane was speaking in Soweto where he joined City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba in handing title deeds to homeowners.
Wednesday marked the 105th anniversary of the 1913 Native Land Act which dispossessed black South Africans of land and denied them the right to own or buy land.
Maimane said the economic and social legacy of this brutal law was still being felt in South Africa. He said the DA was working hard to undo or redress this legacy.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA claims to have delivered around 20 000 title deeds in the Johannesburg metro over the last two years. The party believes owning the land on which people live will enable them to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.
Maimane said the DA’s success not only in Johannesburg but also the Western Cape and other DA-run councils, proved that its program could deliver successful land reform and land restitution if resourced correctly.
eNCA.com reported that the DA proposed that in rural and non-metropolitan areas people should own the land on which they work. This enabled them to farm and contribute to society and the economy.
Maimane said in a country which guaranteed the rights of its citizens as part of its founding principles it was critical for strides to be made to undo the current lopsided land ownership matter.
Maimane called on the government to start the land reform process by redistributing around 4 000 farms and properties which it already owned.
The DA leader said amending section 25 of the Constitution did not actually guarantee black land ownership. He said the Constitution says there must be just and equitable compensation.
He questioned how removing just and equitable compensation from the wording would guarantee black land ownership.
Maimane said the ANC government had failed to deliver on land reforms during the last 23-years because of corruption, incompetence and budgeting issues.
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