“The biggest issue in this community is the transference of land to the people of Gwatyu. We’ve been battling for so many years so that we can work on it just like the previous farmers used to do.”
– Thembakazi Mageke, Chairperson of the Gwatyu CPA
The 1,600 strong community live on just a tiny portion of the 20 million hectares owned by the Department of Rural Land Reform and Development.
The fact is that the this ANC government has lied to and failed the people of Gwatyu, who remain landless. They continue to be treated as life-long tenants by government.
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If Parliament goes ahead with the ANC’s plans for land expropriation without compensation, all land will be owned by the government.
This clearly is not a working model for meaningful land reform, there can only be justice for communities like Gwatyu through land OWNERSHIP!
The struggle of the people of Gwatyu is our struggle – it’s a struggle for land, and for the right to own and use the land on which they live.
On 27 February, the ANC and the EFF voted in support of changing the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation! We voted against this motion because we will not support any amendment to the Constitution aimed at taking control of private property.
Whilst we support land reform and rectifying land dispossession in South Africa, current ANC policy – shared by the EFF – is that the state should control all land. With this approach, no one would actually be able to own land as beneficiaries of land reform – all people would be life-long tenants, without their own agency or ambitions!
We need to protect our Constitution and ensure property rights for all.
Where we govern, more than 60% of land reform projects actually work, compared with a 90% failure rate nationally.
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With hard work, real commitment to root out corruption and political will to implement, we can redress land dispossession in our country.
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