News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Monday July 22nd 2019

Land top of agenda at PAC’s Langa commemoration

Access to land and Zimbabwe-style land-grabs was high on the agenda at the Human Rights Day commemorations held at Sobukwe Square in Langa yesterday.

Speaking at the spot close to where seven people died, while demanding the release of political detainee Philip Kgosana on the same day 69 people were massacred by apartheid security forces in Sharpville, PAC provincial secretary Lulamile Ntonzima said race and inequality continue to bedevil South African society.

Speaking to about 500, mostly young, people who attended the Langa commemoration, Ntonzima said the lack of socio-economic rights was still painful for many South Africans.

He said part of the reason millions of South Africans went to bed without food, did not have proper shelter, lacked education and access to healthcare, was due to the continual denial of access to land.

The ANC, he said, should call for a national debate on the land issue rather than sweeping it under the carpet.

“It is not enough that there are only seven million hectares of land that have been distributed to people who were disadvantaged during colonialism and apartheid,” said Ntonzima.

Joining in the call for land to become a top priority was the ZanuPF-aligned organization the Pan Africanist Youth Agenda whose chairperson Kwanisai Mafa was invited by the PAC to attend yesterday’s commemoration.

Mafa said his organisation was willing to work “hand in hand with the PAC” on the issue of land redistribution.

“We are willing to work with the PAC in trying to help the African people liberate themselves.  The land issue needs the involvement of people and their leaders in a meaningful engagement.  It is up to the people how a government should operate,” said Mafa.

He said in Zimbabwe the people decided to take back the land and more land was still to be given to the “real people ofZimbabwe”. – Sandiso Phaliso

Tags: Human Rights Day commemorations, Kwanisai Mafa, langa, Lulamile Ntonzima, Pan Africanist Youth Agenda, Philip Kgosana, Sobukwe Square

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One Response to “Land top of agenda at PAC’s Langa commemoration”

  1. Allan says:

    Land wont put food on the table ,just look North.

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