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The Land Question part 1: What is land reform?

Julius Malema frequently gets into trouble for inflammatory statements encouraging supporters to occupy white-owned land. His comments at a party meeting in 2014, when he urged his supporters to invade unoccupied land, landed him in court for contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.

The EFF are the most vocal political party in South Africa about the question of land. In their political manifesto, the EFF propose that all land should be transferred to the state without compensation. Once the state owns the rights to all the land, those who are using, or want to use, the land should apply for licences. There must be a purpose for the land and licences will be granted for a maximum of 25 years, which is renewable if the land is used according to the plan. No-one should be allowed permanent ownership of the land as this leads to “counter-developmental” privatisation of publicly owned entities. The state owns the rights to confiscate and reallocate for public purposes.

A further recommendation, in line with the Freedom Charter and new vision of agrarian revolution, is that the state should extend implements and services to ensure productivity of land use.

Follow the link below to read part one of the Land Question: What is land reform?


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