Damasonqua tribe to hand over memorandum to Zuma

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Chief Khoisan-SA, from the Damasonqua tribe in the Eastern Cape, as well as four of his tribe are dressed in their traditional attire on their way to Nasrec in Johannesburg to hand over their memorandum to President Jacob Zuma.

The group has been camping on the lawns of the Union Building for more than two weeks insisting on handing their memorandum personally to the president even though they handed a copy to the minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe earlier this week.

They walked for three weeks from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Their memorandum states that they want to be recognised as the first nation. We’ve actually got four demands that we are bringing in the form of a memorandum.

The first demand are that we want government to recognised us as the first people of South Africa, that their language Khoekhoewaab be declared an official language, that the land claims date of 1913 to be scrapped because they had land before 1913 and that they not be categorised as brown people.

Chief Koisan-SA, Shane Plaatjies and Brendon Billings were recently joined by Christian Martin a Koisan-activist. The group went on a hunger strike a few days ago.

Chief Koisan-SA says they are grateful that Minister Jeff Radebe accepted their memorandum but they still insist on seeing the president as they have been trying for four years to get the memorandum to him.

They are expected to arrive at Nasrec later on Saturday.