-Former president Thabo Mbeki says the ANC had been 'rushed' into changing the Constitution to allow for land expropriation
- Mbeki disagrees with the notion that white people in South Africa are 'land thieves', claiming that a radical agenda was being pushed
- The retired leader has revealed that he feels the ANC is contradicting itself, claiming to uphold the Freedom Charter but moving to allow for racially-based exclusions
Former ANC president Thabo Mbeki has made it clear that he disapproves of the way the party has approached land reform in South Africa.
Mbeki, who has begun campaigning for the ruling party ahead of next week's election, believes that the ANC is misusing the Freedom Charter to push an irrational agenda against 'settlers', reported The Citizen.
Speaking to the Rapport, the former president was abundantly clear that he doesn't feel white South Africans should be considered 'land thieves'.
Mbeki explained that the Freedom Charter had made no distinction between race or historic background when it spoke of property rights, and questioned if the ANC was now choosing to move away from that stance.
The former president pointed out that most successful applicants, as far as land expropriation had been concerned, had opted out of keeping the land:
“Where you had land restitution, we noticed that in the majority of cases, where the claim had been settled, the majority of people said: ‘I prefer the money.’ This particular experience of people winning land claims and preferring to take money is saying something about the attitude to land.”
The ANC, Mbeki said, could not say the country belonged to all who called it home, as the charter declares, and then make an exclusion when it came to land.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Mbeki had pledged his support to the party, but had voiced displeasure over the parliamentary candidates list, which he claimed was a source of trouble for the ANC.
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