- Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota has once again hit out at the governments proposed land expropriation without compensation policy
- He said white people who own land in South Africa purchased that land and had title deeds to prove it, he added if the government wanted land it should fairly compensate the owners of that land
- Lekota said while the apartheid government had taken land from black people it had not given that land to white people for free
The leader of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mosiuoa Lekota said those white people who own land or property in South Africa paid for that property and therefore it made sense that if the government or anyone else wanted their land they would have to pay for it.
Lekota is a staunch opponent of the proposed amendments to section 25 of the Constitution which would allow the government to expropriate land without compensation. He has gone toe to toe with EFF leader Julius Malema on the issue on numerous occasions.
The Cope leader said he wanted to kill the popular myth which had been perpetuated by a certain political organisation claiming that white people had received free land from the apartheid government and should therefore not be entitled to receive compensation for their land.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Lekota agreed that it was true that the apartheid government had taken land from black people during its terrible regime, but maintained that the land which was taken was never given to anyone for free.
Lekota said the apartheid government was many things and one of those was functioning in a capitalist manner. He said while some fraudulent deals may have occurred, as it does under the current government, most people had to pay for their land.
He said the apartheid government was not in the business of giving land away for free.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Lekota said any white person who owned land could prove they had paid for the land by providing the title deed to their property.
Lekota said if the government needed land for any legitimate purpose such as developments, the Constitution allowed for land to be expropriated provided fair compensation was provided to the owners.
He added that the Constitution guaranteed that South Africa belonged to everyone and not the majority. He said the fight against apartheid was aimed to bring about a just and equal society, something which this new policy was threatening.
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