Zuma questions fairness around land reform legislation
The president has suggested that legislation is biased against the black majority it is intended to assist.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has questioned the fairness of land reform legislation introduced by the African National Congress (ANC) government, suggesting it's biased against the black majority it is intended to assist.
Zuma made the comments while speaking at the opening of the annual sitting of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament yesterday.
He says the lack of land underpins the poverty inequality and unemployment endured by the majority of South Africans.
He's told traditional leaders he believes the bulk of the disposition of the black majority took place during the 1800s, before the 1913 cut-off date for land claims.
"Particularly around the 1800s, that's when the biggest part of the land was taken and in 1913 it was legalising land that had been taken. It was as a consolidation of the colonization of South Africa."
The president also says he believes the 1913 cut-off date falls too late.
He criticised the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which he signed into law in 2014.
Zuma said it's lopsided against black people because it's difficult to prove the land belonged to their ancestors and easy for landowners to dismiss claims.