[Listen] How should South Africans talk about land?

South Africa will not become a replica of Zimbabwe.

That's according Professor Jonathan Jansen who says many South Africans are working themselves into a frenzy over the issue of land expropriation without compensation.

I said to white South Africans that no one is going to lose their land. We have a Constitution that governs this, this is not Zimbabwe.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University

Prof. Jansen says the problem lies where many people who have been dispossessed feel the issue has not been addressed and many white South Africans fear their land will be taken from them.

They [white South Africans] need to acknowledge that this is a problem. This is a generational privilege that they are sitting with based on race, so to get angry, point a finger and destruct by pointing out corruption in the state.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University

The reality is that some people are living in shacks and some are living in Stellenbosch, so let's talk about dealing with this in a practical way as opposed to everybody just getting angry with each other.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University

Jansen also spoke the recent deaths of two children who died when they fell into pit toilets.

You cannot, on the one hand, have some of the wealthiest schools in the world and within 30 minutes drive in Cape Town you see some of the most dysfunctional schools in the world.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University

You have kids drowning in human feces in the rural parts of the country like Limpopo, I mean this is a disgrace...

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University

To hear the rest of the conversation with Professor Jonathan Jansen, listen below:


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