Land Act - root of inequality

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Cape Town - MPs argue the 1913 natives land act continues to have a significant political, cultural and social impact on democratic South Africa.

During a debate in parliament to mark the centennial anniversary of the infamous Act, they argue the land act continues to have a significant political, cultural and social impact on democratic South Africa.

This despite government’s assurance that its working on reversing the historical Injustices of the past.

With just the stroke of a pen, millions of black South Africans lost their lands and cultural identities.

And for decades, black South Africans were never afforded the opportunity to dream of acquiring, and owning land in most parts of the country.

A hundred years on, politicians believe the legacy of the 1913 Natives Land Act continues to reverberate across the South African landscape.

Parliamentary leader or the Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko, said the Act has been described as apartheid&39;s original sin.

“This law bequeathed our country a century of pain, despair and alienation. It’s long, cold tentacles reached so far into the future, that this laws effects are still with us today,” she said.

Last month, the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill was published for public comment.

Government says the Bill will reopen the land claims process, and recognise the legal ownership of land of South Africa&39;s so-called "first people", the Khoi San.

It&39;s since been met with favour by some opposition parties.

"The MF welcomes the reopening of the restitution of the land claims process, and we congratulate the ANC government on being sensitive to a very specific claim of a particular community, the Khoi Sans," said Rohith Bhoola of the Minority Front.

"This shows that the president that governs understands deeply the issues affecting communities, and provides opportunities for redress."  

Many have questioned the ruling party’s lack of dedication to land reform since 1994,

The ANC say they&39;re committed to rectifying the horrors brought by the 1913 Legislation.

The party&39;s Chief Whip, Stone Sizani, said the ANC speaks on behalf of the descendants of the Khoi and on behalf of all South Africans.

"We will not make laws specifically for certain groups of people. We make laws for all South Africans.

"The Constitution of the ANC specifically says we take all the tasks appointed to us and deploy all our energies to carry out these tasks," he said.

"This is exactly what we are committing to do."   

 

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