Land Reform in South Africa
FOR ORAL REPLY
DATE: 24 August 2005
The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the Deputy President:
With reference to her remarks on Wednesday, 10 August 2005 to the effect that
a few lessons were learnt from Zimbabwe on how to do and reform fast and that
some skills might be needed from Zimbabwe to help us with land reform in South
Africa, (a) what methods does she propose we learn from Zimbabwe and (b) what
skills does she propose we import from Zimbabwe;
(2) whether she discussed
her views on this matter with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council before
making these remarks; if not, with whom did she discuss the advisability of making
these remarks; if so, (a) what were the views expressed by members of the Council
and (b) what was the outcome of these discussions?
member, I really doubt if anyone in this House can deny that there are enormous
problems with land ownership patterns in our country.
The fact that we have
these problems is not surprising given the centuries of wars of dispossession
and later racially based colonial and apartheid laws and policies designed specifically
to drive black people off their land. It is as a result of this history that in
1994, 87% of agricultural land was owned by white people.
the Preamble of our Constitution enjoins us to "Recognise the injustices
of the past" and in adopting the Constitution to "Heal the divisions
of the past". Our Constitution therefore requires us to deal with land redistribution.
am convinced that no one in this House can deny that land redistribution has been
moving too slowly. Government has set a target of redistributing 30% of agricultural
land to the previously
disadvantaged by 2014. As of June this year only 3%
had been redistributed.
We want to avoid the problems that have occurred
in Zimbabwe - that 20 years after liberation, land redistribution remained incomplete.
We want to avoid a situation where, because land reform has taken too long,
both the Government and the people must resort to desperate measures. Indeed we
can learn from the experiences of Zimbabwe as we can learn from the experiences
of many other countries.
I urge all Honourable members to assist in speeding
up land redistribution in our country.