11 March 2018

South Africa: Ingonyama Issue Will Not Be Solved By War Talk


So much has happened in land reform in South Africa, since 1994. Those calling for war, should instead be spending their efforts on listening to land reform activists, rural residents and aligning the aims and the objectives of the Ingonyama Trust with the Constitution and applicable national legislation.

In recent weeks there has been a lot of discord about the report of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and Acceleration of Fundamental Change headed by former President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The panel, appointed by the Speaker's Forum, released its report on 21 November, 2017. It reviewed over 1,000 pieces of legislation passed since 1994. Its thematic thrust was on how legislation has impacted on such issues as poverty, unemployment, equitable distribution of wealth, land reform, social cohesion and nation building. The report itself is over 600 pages long, with a 42- page executive summary. Accurate implementation of legislation seems to be South Africa's biggest short-coming in the post-1994 era, and the panel was, obviously, unhappy.

In some instances the panel recommended repeal or amendment of legislation. The Ingonyama Trust Act (1994, as amended in 1997) is one such legislation which received recommendation to review...

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