Cape Town - Thousands gathered at a Cape Town church on Saturday for the last leg of Parliament’s public hearings into land expropriation without compensation.
People from all across the city attended the hearings, but the central focus was on the need for housing, land, food security and the compensation of land owners.
Parliament’s joint review committee has held over 30 hearings in all nine provinces - with the last of the hearings taking place at the Friends of God Church in Goodwood.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane also addressed a small crowd of supporters outside the venue.
“Let me tell you as a South African, I am not happy with the land ownership in South Africa. I want it to change; but that change does not require changing the Constitution but changing the government,” Maimane said flanked by provincial and regional leaders.
“Land expropriation without compensation is not the silver bullet that will ensure justice. It will undermine private property rights & hurt our economy and jobs." - @MmusiMaimane#LandHearings #LandOwnershipForAll
But others raised concerns of farmworkers.
"The ANC’s approach has been to put more land into state ownership and then lease it to black South Africans, turning them into perpetual tenants, dependent on the government for survival." - @MmusiMaimane#LandHearings #LandOwnershipForAll
Mercia Andrews said: “I support this motion because we need land for agricultural use. There are black farmers who do not get recognition. We are seeing people evicted off their land and there are no actions taken against white farmers,” she said.
The committee is set to report back to Parliament in September with recommendations - after which a final decision will be made.