On the first Monday of every month we host a public lecture on some of the burning issues that South Africa is grappling with.
We’ve spoken to ratings agencies and got an understanding of their rating mechanisms entail; we’ve spoken about the chaos at Eskom and how we find ourselves here; we’ve spoken to StatsSA and naked them to break down the unemployment stats.
Today, we speak about the land issue. This has been ongoing for years and it is one of those topics that get the nation riled up.
During apartheid there was a tendency to deny African ownership of the land, but the first prime minister, Louis Botha, admitted in 1916 that “the natives” were here when the Europeans arrived.
Historian Leonard Thompson, author of A History of South Africa, estimates that the Zulu lost two-thirds of their land, while the Tswana lost more than that, because of Afrikaner and British conquest. The Xhosa in the Cape and the Sotho in the Free State lost more than 90% of their land. By the end of the 19th century, most African land was under the control of Europeans.
Guest: Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SC), Advocate, acting judge, public speaker, author and political activist, member of the South African Law Reform Commission ]