JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of the People (Cope) has collected more than 200 000 submissions against land expropriation without compensation.
Cope President Mosiuoa Lekota, speaking to a Johannesburg-based Talk Radio, Power FM said every race in South Africa contributed to the submissions.
Lekota says when South Africa had been declared a sovereign democratic state, it was done to allow people to occupy any place in the country.
“The few white people who own land, they bought it. You can go to the deeds office. You can show that this land that was taken here, is registered. Some of the huge amount [of land] is still in the hands of the state,” he says.
Lekota says those who were dispossessed of land a long time ago, can track the land at the deeds office. He says in the event that the state has now sold the land to someone else, then the state should compensate the individual.
He says those wishing to own land for farming purposes should approach the state and make a request for land.
Meanwhile, the co-chair of the Parliamentary Joint Constitutional Review Committee, Vincent Smith is reported to have said that over 700 000 people have made submissions on the land expropriation matter.