MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Land Continues to be a Thorny Issue for Government

20 June 2013     

 

On Wednesday we marked 100 years of the infamous 1913 Land Act and the suffering and unfair treatment that this Act brought to native South Africans. Through this Act, black people were prohibited from owning land and occupying certain parts of land in their own country.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, Inkosi RN Cebekhulu

(MP) said, "The Department of Rural Development should ensure that redistribution of land is stepped up and should assist those who have been successful in their land claims, to not only be able to work the land, but to also be able to provide employment for other community members."

 

The IFP urges the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, together with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to move speedily in assisting the current beneficiaries to work the land, produce food and provide job opportunities for the unemployed.

 

"After 19 years of democracy, our people should have seen a vast improvement in black land ownership, which would have gone a long way in tackling food security. It is imperative for government to redistribute more land much faster so as to erase the painful stain that the 1913 Land Act left on our country's history" said Inkosi Cebekhulu.

 

 

Issued by: IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform,
Inkosi RN Cebekhulu MP, 082 975 5107

 

Or contact:

 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer,
Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252