CAPE TOWN South Africa
(Xinhua) -- The market-led mechanism of
pursuing land reform has proved to be cumbersome, protracted and
inappropriate, South African Deputy President David Mabuza said on
South Africa’s land reform program in its current
form has been very slow and causing a lot of frustration among
claimants due to budgetary constraints and a "willing buyer-willing
seller" approach, Mabuza said while answering questions in the
National Council of Provinces (Upper House of Parliament).
Such a program is clearly unable to meet even the modest and
conservative targets that the government has set, he said.
Without redressing the current land reform program, "we risk
having endless social, racial and class frictions," Mabuza warned.
Such a reform program remains hopelessly inadequate to mitigate
the negative impact of the legacy of colonialism and apartheid,
This state of affairs continues to be a huge source of
frustration and resentment to those who were brutally dispossessed
of their land, he said.
"Currently, the situation demands of us to act together more than
before and to resolve our national challenge of inequality and
wealth disparities, which in the main are derived from land
dispossession and landlessness," he said.
It is imperative for the government to execute a comprehensive
land reform program that will enable South Africans to truly
transform their country into a non-racial, non-sexist, humane and
equal society, he said.
He did not go further into the "comprehensive land reform
program", but the government has strongly advocated land
expropriation without compensation.
Mabuza said a comprehensive land reform is a means of addressing
past injustices that has produced the prevailing triple challenge of
poverty, unemployment and inequality.
It is a fact that the bulk of the land in this country is still
firmly in the hands of the very few, said Mabuza.
Mabuza said the government has engaged in a transparent and
responsible process that provides required leadership on how land
expropriation without compensation can be finalized.
He encouraged white commercial farmers to partner with the
government in implementing different models to address the land
question, including donating land currently in their hands.
Also on Thursday, the civil group AfriForum lashed out at land
expropriation without compensation, which it said was an attempt to
centralize as much power as possible in the state.
The leaders of this policy had no respect for the pleas of poor
South Africans, Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, told the
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee charged with reviewing Section 25
of the Constitution to pave way for land expropriation without
Roets said the campaign of the ruling African National Congress
(ANC), in cooperation with the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF),
was built on a series of false arguments.
"The first false argument is an oversimplified, twisted
perspective of history," he said.
The second is the ideological viewpoint that centralization of
the power in the state will be to the benefit of the public and the
third is eroding of property rights and tampering with healthy
market principles will lead to economic growth, Roets said.
South Africa ruling party
calls for government
interventions to reverse economic slowdown
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday
called for decisive government interventions to reverse an economic
The ANC believes that opportunities exist for the revival and
strengthening of the economy through the prioritization and full
support of government interventions, the party said in a statement
emailed to Xinhua.
This came after the South African economy moved back into a
technical recession with a negative growth rate of -0.7 percent in
the second quarter of 2018, during which all other productive
sectors experienced a contraction except for the mining sector.
The ANC believes that the latest growth figures, released by
Statistics South Africa on Tuesday, represent an urgent call to
action for all South Africans to rally behind a common vision of
growing the economy and job creation, said Enoch Godongwana,
Chairperson of the ANC’s Subcommittee on Economic Transformation.
The ANC-led government must take immediate, concrete and bold
steps to lift the rate of growth and its inclusivity by activating
macro-economic policy tools, institutional efficiencies and specific
sector interventions as central instruments to mitigate the effects
of a contraction in economic activity, Godongwana said.
Among the decisive interventions that the party proposes is the
utilization of the government’s procurement muscle to localize
industries, tax credits for those companies that invest in
sustainable job creation and the establishment of new manufacturers
and other economic activities which would increase competition,
growth and employment creation in the economy.
The party also calls for agricultural support packages that will
boost economic growth and food security, together with
properly-designed and executed land reform.
"These interventions do not necessarily require the development
of new policies, but rather the effective implementation of existing
ones," Godongwana said.
The interventions should be focused on a limited number of
priorities, to ensure that the committed resources are utilized
effectively and efficiently, he added.
Ambitions should not be limited to the South African market but
also be expanded to supply the fast growing regional market, said
Black South Africans are able to make success of owning
and managing land says President Cyril Ramaphosa
South African government cautions against any
politically-motivated statement over land reform