Mercoledì, 24 Febbraio 2016 12:36 | Do not give back your land to white farmers - KZN premier

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Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu onThursday urged rural communities not to lease back or sell land to whitefarmers.

Instead, Mchunu said communities should work together tobenefit economically from the land.

Delivering his State of the Province Address at the RoyalShowgrounds in Pietermaritzburg, Mchunu said rural communities were quick torelinquish land they had fought so hard for.

“The problem is that our people rejoice once they get theland. Once they realise how difficult it is to manage it they want to give itback.

“Don’t give back the land once you have acquired it,” saidMchunu.

He said people should work together to develop the land tobenefit communities.

“People can work together instead of fighting over who shouldrule. Remember that this is land we did not have. We don’t have to fight aboutsomething that we have been trying to get for so long. Do not sell land and donot fight over it.”

Mchunu said government had made significant strides inresolving land reform and restitution issues. He also admitted that programmesin the province had been slow.

“Limited budgets for land reform programmes have resulted ina slow pace which has created a perception that there is no commitment on thepart of government.”

Mchunu said government had observed problems that neededurgent attention.

“Land that has been returned gets leased back to the whitefarmers and sometimes it is sold outright. Another challenge is that effortsaimed at speeding up land reform are stalled by quarrels and disputes arisingafter the land has been returned.”

Mchunu said this created a perception that government wasnot committed and corrupt.

He said the programme was also affected by post settlementconflicts involving trustees and Amakhosi [traditional leaders].

“There is no reason why trustees and Amakhosi cannotco-exist on settled land,” said Mchunu.

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