Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma admits the legacy of apartheid is still haunting the country.
Yesterday he marked the centenary of the 1913 Natives Land Act in Parliament.
He said, “100 years ago on this day the most notorious Land Act of 1913 passed by the all-white Parliament of South Africa came into operation.
"This act was a culmination of gross injustice against the indigenous people of our land. It is an injustice that is the root cause of the poverty and inequalities that deface our country even to this day.
"I trust that every party represented in this House will add their voice to the condemnation of this and unreservedly commit themselves to joining hands with us in undoing this crime against our people.”
The 100-year-old piece of legislation dictated the segregation of black and white South Africans.
It limited land ownership by black South Africans to seven percent -- later increased to 13 percent.
The law set the tone for Apartheid-era laws such as the Group Areas Act.
Since 1994 government has passed several policies aimed at undoing the injustices of the Natives Land Act.
But many critics believe redistribution is moving too slowly.
Government says it has managed to redistribute 29 percent of its 30 percent target of farm land.
"The 30 percent target we are saying we have achieved excludes land acquired by black South Africans through private means outside the land reform programme," said Zuma.