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Land audit can help dispel myths surrounding landownership

The long-awaited audit report on land in South Africa will hopefully be available soon to help dispel myths surrounding landownership as these myths are currently being used by politicians in their harmful rhetoric, says Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.

In response to a written parliamentary question by Dr Groenewald, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, said that the second phase of the land audit should be made available by the end of October this year. (Please see the question and answer below).

The audit was considered by Cabinet in June and according to the Minister’s response, it was referred back to the Department so that final recommendations can be made.

Dr Groenewald says that the report has been a long time coming and that it will indicate, expressed in percentages, how much land is in the hands of white, black, brown and Indian people. Even the percentage of land in South Africa owned by foreigners will be indicated.

“The report is essential to dismiss the politicians’ rhetoric that whites own 80% of the country’s land, while it has already been shown that the government actually owns 14% of the land.

“The FF Plus hopes that the report will be thorough and accurate so that it can be used to put a stop to the harmful, seemingly popular, politically-motivated statements and so that we can approach land reform armed with the truth,” says Dr Groenewald.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
WITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 2607

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER [No 31-2017 FIFTH PARLIAMENT]
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

2607. Dr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) ask the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform: †

(1) When the land audit, which according to him is in Cabinet possession, will be made public;

(2) why is there a delay regarding the publication of the land audit;

(3) whether he will make a statement about the matter? NW2912A

THE MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM:

(1) The estimated date after the cabinet process is 31Octo 2017

(2) The report was considered by Cabinet in June and was returned to the Department for the development of definitive proposal.

(3) No.

 

 

 

 

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