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