The Pan African Congress of Azania (PAC) says land restoration comes with the restoration of rights, language, culture and identity.
This is one of the issues raised during a land debate between the national leadership of the PAC and the Khoisan leadership in Kimberley.
This meeting comes as Rural Development and Land Reform minister, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, recently alluded in parliament that instances of land grabs are signs of frustration with the slow pace of land reform.
PAC general secretary Mudini Maivha says the Khoisan people are the first to be disposed of land and there is a need to claim it back like all dispossessed people whose land was taken away from them.
“We have been made aware that the Khoi population is very wide, big and varied. And from the Khoi delegation here, the commitment is that jointly with us, we will work on trying to get all the groups of the Khoisan people to coordinate, to work together on the land issue. They’re many and we have agreed that they will play a central role.”
Khoisan chief Alfred Maggoeddie says that Khoisan communities across the country are expected to be involved.
“We did not know about them and did not know that their needs are common with our needs. We are trying to form unity. So by doing that, we must now go to all the provinces and go and preach this gospel, because we must get common ideas, common sense and common level.”
All parties agreed to unite and hold continuous engagements in order to win the battle of land restoration.
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