ERMELO, SOUTH AFRICA– The government still needs to do more to improve the lives of farm workers and dwellers in South Africa because they still are the most vulnerable people in the country, says the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha.
Skhwatsha said government still needs to do more to improve the lives of farm workers and dwellers when addressing an Imbizo (dialogue session) at Valpoort in Armersfoort, near Ermelo in northern Mpumalanga Province.
At the Imbizo, he presented land title deeds to four households at a farm and said the beneficiaries are among people whose tenure was insecure previously because of past discriminatory laws and practices.
It is a matter of all of us entering the new South Africa in the spirit of Madiba (Nelson Mandela) where we realise and recognize that we are all South Africans and we have to be equal before the law, he said.
Every South African has a right to dignity, where it is not for the fact that some of us still live on farms that it will not necessitate that governments and Parliament to make laws to protect the tenure of people but because the is such a huge challenge. We have to embark on processing that makes sure that people are dignified in our country.
The South African government is proposing to expropriate land with compensation for distribution of landless indigensous people who were dispossessed of their hereditary land by fiat (and also without compensation) by the former colonial rulers.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK