Was the land stolen or not? Deputy president David Mabuza vs AfriForum

Was the land stolen or not? Deputy president David Mabuza vs AfriForum

- Deputy president David Mabuza said the time had come for farmers to acknowledge that the land which they own was taken from others

- Mabuza said land reform was not about chasing productive farmers away but rather was about sharing the country’s wealth

- The deputy president’s remarks come as AfriForum said the notion that white people had stolen land was the biggest fallacy of modern South Africa

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Deputy president David Mabuza told MPs in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that the time had come for commercial farmers to acknowledge that the land which they now farm was taken from others without their consent.

Mabuza’s comments stand in stark contrast to those made by AfriForum during its oral submission to the Constitutional Review Committee. AfriForum’s CEO Ernst Roets said the notion that white people had stolen or taken land from black people was the biggest fallacy of modern South Africa.

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Mabuza said the current land reform process was in dire need of change because its slow pace was causing frustration among land claimants. He added that in its current state land reform remained unworkable.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabuza rubbished the notion that the ANC’s proposed land expropriation without compensation policy was about chasing productive farmers from their land. Mabuza said the ANC-led government was not chasing anyone away.

EWN.co.za reported that Mabuza said the Freedom Charter provided that South Africa belonged to all South Africans and the country’s wealth should be shared among all its citizens.

Mabuza said the proposed land reforms were aimed at ensuring exactly that. He said land reform should be seen by those who own land as an opportunity to share the land and the positive economic impact it could have on those who originally owned it.

Mabuza added that the government did not want to destroy the productivity of the agriculture sector or negatively impact production capacity.

Meanwhile, a short distance away AfriForum CEO Ernst Roets was presenting the lobby groups oral submission on land reform and amending the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

Roets delivered what seemed to be an ill-judged and poorly prepared submission which angered and insulted Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political spectrum.

Roets said white people had never stolen land from black people but had gained the land which they now own by settling on vacant land and through buying the land through treaties and agreements with traditional leaders.

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eNCA.com reported that Roets repeatedly attacked the ANC and EFF and said the parties were drunk on an ideology of a failed democratic revolution.

Roets went on to say the ANC and EFF wanted to pursue a communist policy based on lies and would get more pleasure from hurting the middle-class and wealthy people than helping the poor.

MPs slammed Roets and AfriForum and said the organisation was a white BLF.

Roets was criticised for wasting his opportunity to make a positive contribution to the hearings and the DA noted that AfriForum’s presentation had not made one reference to the Constitution but was an attack on the ANC and EFF.

The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu said his party was ready for the war which AfriForum was threatening. He slammed the organisation as being a bunch of spoilt white kids who were trying to make the world listen to their cries.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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