- The EFF has called on the large amounts of land and property owned by various churches and religious organisation to be nationalised
- EFF spokesperson Sam Matiase said the party wants all land in South Africa to be owned by the state in order to benefit the people of South Africa
- None of the big church groups has revealed exactly how much land it owns
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for the large amounts of land and properties which are owned by churches and religious organisation in South Arica to be nationalised. EFF spokesperson on land matters Sam Matiase said the party wants all land in South Africa to be owned by the government in order to benefit the people of the country.
Matiase said the EFF did not believe there should be any exemptions from land expropriation and that church land should be treated in the same way as land owned by private individuals, corporate entities and trusts.
Matiase’s comments stand in stark contrast to those made by President Cyril Ramaphosa who has repeatedly tried to reassure King Goodwill Zwelithini and the Zulu nation that land held in trust by traditional leaders was safe from expropriation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that some of the churches named by the EFF include the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Dutch Reformed Church and the Methodist Church. None of the church groups has revealed exactly how much land they own.
IOL.co.za reported that the Catholic Church has 26 dioceses and the Anglican Church has 23 dioceses across the country.
Anglican Church Archbishop Thabo Makgoba recently urged all the church’s diocese to place themselves at the forefront of the growing conversation about land expropriation.
Makgoba called on all Anglican parishes and dioceses to usher in a spirit of hope, reconciliation and religion into the current land debate which he said was currently filled with tension and the voice of self-serving politicians.
Makgoba urged for the productive use of land and for the benefit of all the people of the country.
He said the church had already donated land in parts of the Eastern Cape to local communities and placed those properties in trusts which would benefit those communities.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has urged President Ramaphosa’s administration to exercise all necessary care and caution in the implementation of land expropriation if the policy becomes law.
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