ANCYL backs Zuma's land call

2010-04-30 12:26

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League supported President Jacob Zuma's call for a review of the "willing buyer willing seller" land redistribution strategy, a spokesperson said on Friday.

"The African National Congress Youth League is totally behind President Jacob Zuma's call for a decisive land redistribution strategy, particularly the long overdue review of the willing buyer-willing seller principle," said a statement from Floyd Shivambu who had just returned from a league field trip to Venezuela on oil nationalisation.
The ANCYL also agreed with Black Management Forum (BMF) president Jimmy Manyi's contention that the constitutional
imperative of providing a fair price for land needed to be revised because under the current system "exorbitant" market-related prices
were being paid.

Zuma broached the topic at a BMF conference on "unintended consequences" of the Constitution.

But, Zuma hastened to add there would be no land invasions, an apparent reference to Zimbabwe's land redistribution programme
widely regarded as the main contributor to that country's economic crisis.

"There will be no similar kinds of land invasions in this country, because we do things within the law," he said.

Zimbabwe's land redistribution policy was largely run by people calling themselves war veterans who would camp on farmers' property
and either forcibly remove farmers or harass them into leaving. A void in agricultural knowledge, and of the funding required for inputs, saw the agricultural sector plunged into a crisis that left huge swathes of the country dependent of food aid.

The league said that historically defined racial inequalities should be appreciated and that it would lobby for a "more radical and decisive" economic transformation and land redistribution programme.

"None of these programmes will undermine the rule of law, but will ensure that law is progressively utilised for redress purposes."

The land reform department said that its core land reform programme was to redistribute 30% of white-owned agricultural land.

To date 5.9 million hectares of land had been acquired through redistribution and restitution.

The league's president Julius Malema recently said he supported Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's programme of land seizures from white farmers, and that South Africa's political freedom would mean nothing if a practical programme of intervention on property issues was not decided.

He claimed that South Africans did not own their own country because the land was owned by foreigners.

The league had already spoken out on its belief that mines should be nationalised, and, said Shivambu, on the Venezuela trip, they learnt how the state's control of oil contributed to the national fiscus.

"People are having immediate benefits from the state's control of the oil industry," said Shivambu, who accompanied Malema on the

- Sapa

  • CitizenZ - 2010-04-30 17:08

    When will they start targeting our residential property? It seems to be just a matter of time!

  • kennedy madhombiro - 2010-04-30 20:56

    when the scramble of Africa happened,it created a no choice co-habitation process of cultures and people which isnt a matter that looks open to discussion now considering the trends that make our world today(globalisation,multicultural societies and all).No one has attempted to redress the psychological and physical imbalances so created then.Best body to intervene are the colonial masters in all their former colonies...lest this will create an all-Africa disturbance in the quest of redressing the imbalances colonialism created.

  • mr market - 2010-05-01 22:27

    "market-related prices" are the real prices. What other price are they talking about? Are they going to pay us less than the market price? That would be stealing, wouldn't it?

  • Eman - 2010-05-05 20:15

    The ANCYL is traditionally the breeding ground of the future ANC leaders, aka the leaders of South Africa.Nationalising mines, etc equals more money in government/ANC coffers equals more money for ANC leaders. This seems to be the motive for the ANCYL pushing so hard for nationalising everything. They can't honestly believe in the merits of following Mugabe's example, it is purely a way of setting themselves up for a platinum parachute when they get to the top. Viva capitalism

  • South African x - 2010-05-06 07:38

    If South African land is owned by foreigners - then Barack Obama is a foreigner in America and 99% of all Americans for that matter. I wonder what Julius's solution is? That we all go back to where we all originated from hundreds and hundreds of years ago? Isnt that Africa?

  • Calvin - 2010-05-06 09:10

    Why create more farms that will fail. Do we really want to end up importing all our food? Do they really care?

  • Joe - 2010-07-19 10:26

    How many farms could have been bought with the millions spent by government on world cup tickets? The government is not serious about land reform!

  • mark - 2010-07-19 10:27

    I wonder how much time these ANCYL guys have spendin Africa,i from what I gather not too much as they do not realy know what happens out there on the rest of the continant, i had the privilege to live in Zambia for 12 years and that was awesome and have travelled extesively in Africa having been in 6 countries and a lot of these contries get their food from here as we are living in the land of milk and honey here, if they mess with with the farmers they are also messing with food security in the rest of Africa, I think before these politicians mess with land reform they should all go on an tour of the continant and see what goes on

  • pat spark - 2010-11-11 19:58

    Does the word freedom mean mindlessly following idiots like Malema who would rather see starving millions and workless South Africans crossing borders to other countries like the Zimbabwens are doing. Thank goodness for the sane who reject this demon

  • Lu - 2011-10-03 10:01

    Carte Blanche should visit the farms that have been "redistributed" and see how much farming is actually happening on the land.

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