In February, EFF leader Julius Malema called on white people to join the party to get their hands on land. “White people must join the struggle for land. Only two percent of whites own land. If they want land, they must join EFF,” he said at the time.
*By Concerned Citizen, and believer in starting with the “low” hanging fruit” (Not Malema)
The legal redistribution of the 30 520 325 hectares in question could start immediately, but the ANC continues to sweep this under the carpet and ignore it. The land is right under our noses. This land could easily be legally redistributed without much “legal sparring”.
Here is a summary of the land in question.
There is a total of 30 520 325 Hectares. This calculates to be about 25% of the surface area in South Africa where a conscious decision has been made by our leaders not to legally sell it to private black ownership, or not to offer true ownership to our people in any manner, shape or form.
A deeper breakdown:
60% of this land is former ‘homeland” or communal areas that cover some 17.2 million hectares, of which around 14,5 million hectares were classified as ‘agricultural’ in 1991 (DAFF 2011). (The balance includes small towns and protected areas.) Most of this land is state-owned and densely settled by black households under various forms of customary tenure, with tenure reform a contested but neglected area of state policy. Tenure reform should be addressed immediately so that true legal ownership can be attained. As a result of regionally specific histories the extent of black communal areas varies considerably across the provinces, from over 36% in KwaZulu-Natal to under 0.05% in the Northern and Western Cape (DLA 2002). Former ‘coloured’ reserves comprise a further 1.28 million hectares, mostly in the Northern and Western Cape.
The remaining 40% is “other” State-owned land
This land could be converted to black ownership if the State chose to do so. Most state land outside the communal areas is demarcated for public purposes that should be directed towards the common good, so re-distribution of this could be done with a well-orchestrated plan. State-owned protected areas accounted for about 7% of the country by 2012 (DEA 2012).
It would take over 20 years for legal redistribution of this land to occur if a systematic plan was implemented tomorrow. This could be done with minimal bloodshed if the ANC were to put the necessary planning for thelegal redistribution program into effect.
The 20 years would also allow infrastructure planning (and education) for those taking ownership transfer of the land to where the land is utilized in a way that it contributes positively to our countries GDP.
Let’s focus our efforts on pressuring the ANC to start this legalredistribution of land right away.