Nie-rassigheid en/ of Gelykheid?
Nov 27, 2013
Non-racialism and/ or Equality?
Nov 27, 2013
SPEECH BY DAVE STEWARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FW DE KLERK FOUNDATION, MOREESBURG, 7 SEPTEMBER 2012
"THE 1994 CONSTITUTION AND THE GREEN PAPER"
My objective this morning is to consider the manner in which the interim Constitution of 1993 and the final Constitution of 1996 address property rights and land reform - and the degree to which the Green Paper on Land Reform complies with the requirements of the Constitution.
There can be no doubt that comprehensive land reform has consistently been one of the central goals of the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution. The Freedom Charter calls for the land to be shared by those who work it.
More than this: the question of land ownership is one of the emotional mainsprings in the ANC’s historic world-view:
The implication is that national sovereignty will not be restored until a sufficient amount of land has been repossessed by black South Africans. In the Green Paper’s view this ‘fundamental assumption’ should supersede all other considerations, including “talk of effective land reform and food sovereignty and security.”
It was factors such as these that informed the approach that the ANC adopted to land reform and property rights during the constitutional negotiations.
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