19 September 2018 Read: 126
In what seemed to be a veiled attack to the political leadership of the ruling ANC in Tzaneen, Commander In Chief (CIC) of the EFF, Julius Malema, said the granting of title deeds to people before the land issue is settled will not assist in the process to expropriating land without compensation.
Malema was addressing hundreds of EFF delegates during the provincial conference which took place at Tivumbeni Multi-Purpose Community Centre (MPCC) at Nkowankowa on Friday. His speech coincided with the handing over of title deeds by the Mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Maripe Mangena at the Lenyenye community hall. These proceedings were followed by the #Thumamina campaigns the following day.
According to those in the thick of things in Tzaneen politics, the handing over and the #Thumamina campaigns were political ploys by the Mopani ANC big heads to demobilise people so they could not be swayed by opposition parties.
“Handing over of the title deeds before the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution would not assist the cause, because when the poor people go hungry, the same politicians would return and buy those farms for themselves. They know the poverty of our people therefore when hunger knocks they would be the first ones to come and buy the farms for themselves,” said Malema who was once the ANCYL president for two terms.
The visit by the parliamentarians in Lenyenye was aimed at addressing the youth on the importance of politics and serving their communities. It was expected that the parliamentarians would conduct house-to-house visits and ask community members about service delivery challenges. It is reported that the needs of people collected during this #Thumamina drive would be used to construct a manifesto of the ANC for the 2019 poll. Reports are that the politicians did not conduct these visits.
The rivalry among the ANC grew after the public hearings of the Constitutional Review Committee on the Amendment of section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation land without compensation. This saw the EFF and DA gaining support from the public. The co-chairperson of the Constitutional Review Committee, Vincent Smith, has since recused himself from the committee after allegations that he received R800 000 for a tender.
In a statement on a Facebook wall, GTM spokesperson Neville Ndlala said “residents of Lenyenye are urgently invited to consumer rights education and the handover of title deeds. The names of the beneficiaries were obtainable at the Lenyenye Community service centre.”
The event was attended by among others, the manager for the GTM housing department, Handswell Phakula, Mayor Maripe Mangena and local councillors.