Thabo Mbeki, the former President of South Africa has also joined the tough talk on the ongoing land policy under the current government run by Cyril Ramaphosa.
The former president says ANC’s new policy to expropriate land without compensation is a deviation from non-racialism, which is the party’s founding principle.
According to an irritated Mbeki, taking land from white people to give to black people suggests that whites are not “fully South African”.
“The question is what should be done to acquire the required land without communicating a wrong principle that such land acquisition is being conducted because sections of our population must surrender land they own to others who are allegedly properly South African, whereas such land owners are, in effect, not accepted by government as being fully South African, enjoying equal rights with all other South Africans, black and white?”
In a leaked statement with the Mbeki foundation seal, the document says the ANC has failed to explain an important policy change to “address a historical injustice to expropriate without compensation from one national group for the benefit of another national group”.
It details the ANC’s major decisions on land dating back to the Freedom Charter and the formation of the splinter Pan African Congress which considered the Freedom Charter’s inclusion of the principle “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white” as a betrayal.
Mbeki also slammed former president Jacob Zuma for calling on “black parties”, including the ANC, to unite to make up the two-thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution, to allow for land expropriation without compensation, arguing that the ANC had always represented both blacks and whites.