PRESS RELEASE: UDM calls for Indaba on Land Reform Policies
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is alarmed at the outcome of a recent audit into state-owned land, which begs the question of how much land is owned by Black South Africans and foreigners.
The audit indicated that 80% of land is privately owned. It is clear also from the controversial proposal to place a complete ban on foreign land ownership, that the ANC government is shooting in the dark and does not take the issue of land ownership seriously.
The 1913 Land Act status quo has not changed though we received freedom in 1994. It is alarming that the ANC government is willing to put such important policies in place without facts, as they did not even know the racial patterns of land ownership, as the population register no longer recorded race. It is evident that the ANC government has failed the nation, as the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform admits defeat as he cannot even deliver on the state target of 30% of agricultural land in black hands by 2015. To complicate matters even further, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is suggesting a draft policy that farm workers with "disciplined" service be entitled to a portion of the land with 10year service be granted 10% share equity on the land. Experts, including AgriSA, agree this does not make any sense.
The UDM demands the ANC government to reconsider land reform policies. The UDM is disturbed to notice that the current government is not taking the land question seriously as it keeps on exploring un-implementable land reform policies, hence it is calling for an Indaba with all the relevant stakeholders. The UDM's land reform policies will definitely deliver and make exceptional economic sense, without being extreme or racially prejudicial. It is time to ensure we have a future to work towards and it starts with the very important issue of land ownership.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
082-702-6645 or 012-321-0010
6 September 2013
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