Land was not stolen, says AfriForum's Roets

CAPE TOWN - MPs across political parties have condemned lobby-group AfriForum.

The self-styled Afrikaner group was one of several organisations to make presentations to Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee on the land issue.

AfriForum raised the ire of many MPs, claiming no land was stolen during colonialism and apartheid.

 AfriForum Deputy CEO Ernst Roets told the Joint Constitutional Review Committee -- in particular ANC and EFF MP's -- that they "are drunk on the ideology of failed National Democratic Revolution".

Roets said the "biggest historic fallacy" of our time is that white people stole the land.

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EFF MP Tebogo Mokwele told Roets that they are going to take the land.

"Let me tell you my brother from another mother, we are going to take the land whether you like it or not," she said.

The African Christian Democratic Party's Steve Swart said AfriForum's arrogance is taking South Africa back as a country.

 "You've heard people here that are hardening their hearts as a result of what you have said today," said Swart.

"We've been sitting with this process for months trying to find restorative justice. You have not commented on one clause of the Constitution.

"All you've done is attacked the ANC and EFF."

The DA's Glynnis Breytenbach said the presentation was a missed opportunity for AfriForum and said she could not align herself with the organisation or anything Roets had said.