POLITICS

Only 4% of land under African control – EFF

Sinawo Thambo |

27 April 2022

Fighters say the majority of mines remain controlled by foreign interests

EFF FREEDOM DAY STATEMENT

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

The EFF marks the 28th Anniversary of the first democratic election, which was held on the 27th of April 1994. Popularly known as “Freedom Day”, today was when the first democratic election of the democratic dispensation was held, where black people were for the first time allowed to vote and determine their own political affairs.

The democratic transition which is observed today, was prematurely declared Freedom Day, as 28-years later, not much has changed in terms of the objective realities of African people. Due to the much heralded peaceful transition, South Africa has operated on a false-premise of unity and social cohesion, without economically altering the ownership of the means of production.

We thus have a façade of a democracy, coupled with a non-event of Independence, because our political freedom was characterised by a negotiated settlement in which the perpetrators of the heinous crimes of Apartheid were never held accountable.

As a result of the undue and reckless consideration of our oppressors when we transitioned to democracy, the land of South Africa remains in the hands of a white-minority, at a level of 72% compared to the measly and rotten 4% of land which is under African control.

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The majority of mines remain controlled by foreign interests, while the banks, financial sector and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), is in the firm grip of a white-settler community.

Due to this, the political freedom obtained in 1994 has become meaningless, because those who control our economy have ultimately determined our political and economic trajectory. The policies of South Africa are crafted in Washington and by an elite group of financial institutions, who stand to benefit the most from the disenfranchisement of African people.

The majority black population remains in space-less townships, packed in shacks on top of one another, with little access to drinkable water, education, sanitation and housing. Black life in South Africa is one of squalor, defeat, hopelessness and landlessness, and accordingly we are the most susceptible to disease and tragedy.

The EFF therefore reiterates that political freedom without economic freedom is meaningless!