Traditional leaders in Kuruman, Northern Cape, have applauded government for the review of Section 25 of the Constitution which calls for the redistribution of land without compensation.

One of the Chiefs, representing the Batswana people of Dithakong, says the previous process of land redistribution failed Black people and benefited individuals.

The overwhelming majority of those making oral representations have called for the redistribution of land without compensation.

From farm workers to land owners expressing their views. Property owners wanted clarity on how the process will be handled.

Government is accused of trying to turn the country into a Communist State – where government instead of the people own land.

Kuruman resident, William Aucamp says: “Section 25 protects every right of South Africans to own property, what this amendment proses is, it takes away the rights of every South African and gives it to the state and that cannot be right. Every individual should be able to own land, RDP, farm and own business.”

Chief Lesang Kgosi Gaseemelwe says his people are suffering without land. He slams government processes, saying when his nation claimed land for 1500 households, government gave one farmer millions.

“We claimed the land of approximately 5000 hectares and a white man was given 25 million alone, his workers who were working for him got nothing. So we want our land back without compensation.”

Views supported by  farmworker Tswaroyaona Oilwe. “I represent the views of rural women and farm workers currently employed in Kakamas under harsh conditions and have no land. They want their land without compensation.”

Oral representations on the review process will be concluded in the province on Saturday.

Kimberley residents will have the last say on Saturday.

Many views have been heard, including those from Namaqualand activists who want land returned to Khoi San descendants and from the Kalahari.

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