Controversial Judge President John Hlope Sparks Conversation About Land, Mzansi Praises Him

Controversial Judge President John Hlope Sparks Conversation About Land, Mzansi Praises Him

  • Judge president John Hlophe discussed the land debate at a Black Lawyers Association event recently
  • A video of the remarks was shared on social media and sparked a conversation about land expropriation
  • The judge president called for families to discuss the issues surrounding the land “at least three times a day”

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JOHANNESBURG - Some citizens have praised judge president John Hlophe for creating a conversation around the land debate after a video of his address at a Black Lawyers Association event was shared on social media.

John Hlophe
Judge President John Hlope sparked a conversation about land in South Africa. Image: Felix Dlangamandla
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He called for black parents to teach their children about how “this land was stolen”. Hlophe said other nationalities educated the youth about the country’s history and said the same should happen in SA.

In the video, the judge president called for families to discuss land issues “at least three times a day”. He said the issues should be discussed while having breakfast, lunch, and supper.

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“Tell them this land was stolen and there is the thief… having a glass of red wine,” said Hlophe.

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The comments were met with a roar of applause, which was echoed on social media. Many believe the judge president’s comments were correct.

Here’s what citizens are saying:

Nomhle Nkumbi said:

“I can’t fault his thinking.”

Xolisa Malele Mayaphi Maduna commented:

“The more kids know about their history the more they know who they are and the challenges ahead of them.”

Thabelo Mudau wrote:

“We should also teach them about Nkandla, Guptas, Bosasa, Phala-Phala, state capture, Mbeki aids denial, Zwane arrest, Magashule arrest, Aggrizi, and Digital vibes.”

Tshepo Mooi posted:

“That’s correct, but let’s also not forget to tell them how politicians are stealing money from us and are getting away with it.”

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Stoan Liab added:

“Books should be established, and it should be compulsory for any school to have these books so that our kids can be informed.”

Meanwhile, ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe told TimesLIVE that the ANC should move on from standing resolutions related to the expropriation of land without compensation.

Mantashe said a detailed analysis is needed when assessing the implementation of the resolution. He added that the expropriation of land without compensation cannot be spoken about without acknowledging that there was an effort to amend section 25 of the constitution.

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Briefly News also reported as the Ad Hoc Committee is set to table the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution in Parliament in order to make allowance for the land expropriation without compensation bill, the Western Cape government says it will fight against the new law.

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The Western Cape government believes that land expropriation without compensation is not the best way to address land redistribution and unequal property ownership systems in South Africa, according to SABC News.

Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape Ivan Meyer says the new bill will have severely affect property rights in South Africa and will have a negative effect on the economy.

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