- On Thursday, Parliament’s constitutional review committee heard that only land owned by white people should be subject to expropriation without compensation
- This is the view of one community member who participated during the North West sitting of the committee
- Another community member said he wanted to support land expropriation but he did not trust the corrupt North West province to implement the policy properly
The issue of land reform continues to be a prickly subject in South Africa as recent events surrounding the future of the Ingonyama Trust show. On Thursday, Parliament’s constitutional review committee heard that only land owned by white people should be subject to expropriation without compensation.
This is the view of Rustenburg community activist Kgomotso Khunou who told the committee during its North West sitting that the struggle for land rights was intrinsically linked with the general struggle of black South Africans.
Khunou seemed to take a dig at Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota when he said it was crazy for any black person to believe it was wrong to expropriate land from white people. He said it was an affront to the black majority that the white minority still controlled 87% of land in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Khunou disputed the idea that white people had purchased land from tribal chiefs and added that it was nothing more than a fallacy.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that other residents gave their own opinions about land expropriation which proves that the topic remains divisive and will be tricky to implement.
Rubosweni Mmelene said while he wanted to support the proposed amendments to the constitution he felt that the North West provincial government was much too corrupt for the policy to be implemented properly.
Mmelene said corruption in his home province meant that the government would simply declare certain people to be tribal chiefs when they were not and this increased the chances of corruption.
Another Rustenburg community member, Sheila Mabale-Huma, told the committee that the country belonged to all the residents of South Africa and not just to whites or blacks. She also called on the government to include the land it owns in the process.
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