'Compensation upon expropriation is the tail end of the land reform process'

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently called on police to clamp down on illegal land occupations unfolding in Gauteng.

In his first oral questions session as President‚ Ramaphosa told MPs that the recently adopted parliamentary resolution on the expropriation of land without compensation was not a call for "a smash and grab" approach to the issue.

Land is a very emotive issue in South Africa and remains a contentious unresolved political challenge for the African National Congress (ANC) government.

Karima Brown spoke to Advocate and author of the 'The Land is Ours', Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, as well as Farmer and Former uMkhonto weSizwe fighter, Errol April for context on the issue of land justice.

Compensation upon expropriation is really the tail end of the land reform process. Land reform process is predicated on three principles that are in section 25. The one is the principle of restitution, secondly the constitution instructs the government to redistribute land and thirdly the constitution expressly mandates the government to ensure that we all have security of tenure.

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, advocate and author

Land has been one of the government's biggest failures probably coming close to corruption and part of the problem is political will, they simply have not passed the legislation that will enable them to give effect to section 25.

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, advocate and author

Even where they do have the legislation they have simply not implemented the provisions and thirdly where they have implemented the provisions there has been an ordinate amount of delays in the process and sheer bureaucratic mishandling of claims and in many cases that I have seen personally, corruption.

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, advocate and author

April shares his story and experience of acquiring an apple farm in the Western Cape, in 2010.

When the appointment came we were slightly disappointed about the allocation. The processes which led to that were very frustrating. We lost faith at some stage.

Errol April, Farmer and Former uMkhonto weSizwe fighter

Click on the link below to hear more of his story and land reformation...


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