JOHANNESBURG: The African National Congress (ANC) has urged South Africans not to resort to violence when tackling the land issue.
Unisa hosted a debate on Monday on land reform where a number of parties and organisations debated land expropriation without compensation.
The audience heckled the ANC’s Ronald Lamola, and the gathering degenerated into chaos, with scuffles breaking out. Some people were escorted out of the lecture hall.
Activist and feminist Naledi Chirwa said that there must be a way to ensure that women are equally involved in discussing and owning land.
Member of Parliament and leader of the African People’s Convention Themba Godi says the issue must be addressed responsibly.
“They’re watching these discussions, they’re observing and they can see that maybe we’re not giving it the level of thoughtfulness it deserves.”
Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the narrative that land was stolen is an insult to those who fought wars in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the Khoisan community is calling for Section 25 of the Constitution to be amended to make provision for a new law. The community says it’s been marginalised and wants land returned to indigenous people.