Fast-Track Land Reform for SA
Author: Lovemore Mataire
South Africa plans to embark on a fast-track land reform programme following the dismal failure of the willing-buyer, willing-seller model initiated at the attainment of majority rule.
Plans to abandon the willing-buyer, willing-seller model were revealed by South African President Jacob Zuma at a rally to celebrate 103 years of the African National Congress’ existence.
This is in the wake of a successful land redistribution exercise in Zimbabwe that has economically empowered over 300 000 families who have become proud owners of arable land in prime farming areas.
President Zuma lamented that land reform had progressed at a slow pace, falling short of the expectations of the majority.
In a telephone interview yesterday, ANC spokesperson Mr Zizi Kodwa, said his party had since submitted a comprehensive document to the South African Cabinet for deliberation on the enactment of necessary laws to speed-up land acquisition.
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