Cape Town - A proposal by the Commission for Gender Equality for the government to provide access or title for one hectare of land to all vulnerable women in the country aims to affirm women and give effect to equity and empowerment legislation.
This is the view of acting Land Claims judge and gender equality commissioner Dr Wallace Mgoqi, who previously served as chief land claims commissioner.
Discussing the proposal with Weekend Argus, Mgoqi said an investigation by the commission had revealed that the situation, particularly for rural women, was dire and “required urgent, innovative and radical action to reverse the legacy of past injustice”.
A commission study of the period 2000 to 2010 had revealed that women constituted 13 percent of land reform beneficiaries. These statistics had not radically changed over the last five years.