27 February 2018
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) welcomes the decision of the African National Congress (ANC) to support the motion of Land expropriation without compensation with amendments.
The ANCWL is excited that irrespective of which political party tabled the motion, for the benefit of the landless masses who were displaced by the unjust laws of colonialism and apartheid, the ANC and other political parties supported the motion.The support of the motion reaffirmed the ANC 54th National conference resolution on land expropriation without compensation.
ANCWL want to reiterate that post 1994, there are still entrenched racial and patriarchal systems on land ownership in South Africa and which must be eradicated without any further delay . Access, control and ownership of land still remains the domain of white and male privilege due to some continuing racial, cultural and traditional beliefs. For majority of black women in rural areas their access to land is still linked to their relationship with a male family member and is forfeited if the relationship ends.
South Africa cannot continue with the skewed patterns of ownership of land which promotes amongst others racism and patriarchy and hope to build a non-racial society free from any form of gender oppression. Women are equal citizens in the country and their rights are human rights.Gender equality should also be about equal access, control, management and ownership of land and other sectors of economy.
It is unfortunate that post 1994, majority of black women are still chained by triple yoke of oppression on the basis of gender, race and class on land ownership and other issues related to participation into economy . The ANCWL unashamedly echoes the words of Rebecca Lolosoli when she said, " .... _we want to own land, ..we want also to make decisions, we want respect in politics, To be leaders, we want to be equal"._
ANCWL is alive to the fact that land is not just a source for food but gives also social prestige and access to political power, employment and economic freedom. Frantz Fanon said that " _For a colonised people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity_ ".
The ANCWL is not surprised that the likes of Democratic Alliance (DA) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) who religiously support the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel did not support the motion. The Israel cheer leaders objects everything that is for the benefit of the marginalised in South Africa. The COPE leader Lekota is still bitter on the outcomes of the ANC 52nd National conference held in 2007 and is not to heal very soon. His bitterness has eroded his black consciousness beliefs and he even forgets that at the main the struggle has always been about the land.
Land is key to advance radical socio-economic transformation. Anyone who rejects that the landless must get access to land remains counter-revolutionary. ANCWL welcomes the announcement by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that in honour of the landless, they will cut ties with DA in Nelson Mandela Municipality where they have given the DA powers to govern. The EFF must continue with the political Damascus moment and cut ties with DA in City of Johannesburg and City of Tshwane.
The ANCWL calls all its members and supporters to mobilise and participate in the public participation process to be led by Parliament to discuss the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic.
Radical socio-economic transformation now or never!!
ANCWL Secretary General
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