25 September 2018
Our readers would have followed the discussions in the media and other platforms, arising from the document entitled “What The About Land Expropriation with Compensation? The National Democratic Revolution Must Resolve the Intimately Inter-Connected Land and National Questions!”.
The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) wishes to put it on record that the document is an internal discussion document of Foundation, resulting from discussions involving various stakeholders, including the Mass Democratic Movement at home and progressive forces abroad. As a working document, it was not yet intended for public consumption.
As stated in the document, the Foundation is in full agreement with the national sentiment that the “Land Question” as an historical injustice requires urgent redress. However, in doing so, we are of the view the matter should be attendant with the due seriousness its complexity requires.
In this regard, we make it a point to draw the public and particularly the ANC, to the following;
• The land and national question are intimately inter-connected. Therefore, the land question cannot be addressed outside of the national question.
• The historical debates and positions of the ANC, which are encapsulated in the Freedom Charter and our democratic Constitution, must be affirmed.
• The ANC must lead a critical engagement on the policies of the past 24 years adopted by the democratic government to address the land question, the better to answer the question – what is to be done?
• In the event of any departure from its historical positions, the ANC as the leader of society has the responsibility honestly to engage society and explain what occasioned such departure.
In this regard, the Foundation wishes to also emphasise the important fact, that the document is a constructive response to the ANC and Parliament’s call to the nation to engage in this important debate, doing so in the interest of Nation Building.
The Foundation and its Patron, President Thabo Mbeki, has therefore taken a keen interest in this debate, informed largely by the historical positions that the ANC has taken over years.
Instead of the document being misconstrued as an attack on the ANC and/or its Leadership, it must be accepted as a call for a serious, reflective and constructive discourse on the matter that has bedevilled our Country throughout the Colonial and Apartheid period-to-date.
We make this document available to all our readers and implore the public to critically engage it. We would value any constructive feedback in that regard.
Chief Executive Officer
Thabo Mbeki Foundation