CABINET APPOINTS TEAM TO ENGAGE SOUTH AFRICA’S TRADITIONAL CHIEFS OVER LAND CONCERNS

PRETORIA– The Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to engage with South Africa’s traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation and to seek an amicable solution to their areas of concern, says Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

She told a media briefing here Thursday that the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, would be the convener of the ministerial team and would be supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and herself.

The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Parliament set up the Constitutional Review Committee to conduct public hearings countrywide after passing a motion on the expropriation of land without compensation, a move aimed at redressing injustices resulting from past actions by colonial administrations to evict indigenous South Africans from the land they had historically lived on, without compensation.

However, the traditional rulers and chiefs, who own vast tracts of land, fear that their land might also be expropriated by the government, without compensation.

The public hearings on land expropriation kicked off on June 26 in the Namakwa District in Northern Cape Province. The hearings will take place in all nine provinces and continue until August 2018. The last public hearings will be on Aug 4 in Western Cape Province.

The Cabinet calls on all interested parties to participate peacefully in these hearings and appeals to the public to remain tolerant of varying views that may be expressed, in order to ensure that all have a fair opportunity to participate in the hearings, said Mokonyane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK