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Khoi San Land Summit

Khoi San Land Summit

The Land Question like the National Question remains animated and mystifying. How did the First People of the most southern tip of Africa, who had full occupation of South Africa, end up occupying less than 10% of the Land mass size of 472,281 square miles?

South Africa is crossing the proverbial “Rubicon” again. It is public knowledge that we as a country reached various crossings of no return. The Land debate is arguably at the pinnacle of our countries moment of “Truth”. South Africa as a new democracy revealed inexplicable and curios contradictions, contrast, cracks, dissimilarities, disagreements and denials. The envisaged inclusive agenda of all who live in the country and a non-racial society espoused by the once impressive Freedom Charter certificate continue to evade the most noble ideas, ideals and progressive thinkers.

As we examine, research and analyse the historical context of our Indigenous First People’s Land Dispossession, it has become copiously clear that a grim miscarriage of justice persist in South Africa since the democratic order. The Khoena and San are referred to as South Africa’s First People since our ancestors inhabited the Land “Prior” to the arrival of Nguni/Bantu people, who we acknowledge as Indigenous Africans and part of our biological makeup, including the European descendants who are now naturalized Africans. The South African Human Rights report released a few weeks ago by Commissioner Chris Nissen is arguably the biggest revelation and legal attestation of the injustice against our people, yet there remains an audible silence from the powers that be. South Africa is in a defining moment because of the Land and the SAHRC report accurately placed a premium on the countries restoration project.

Historical accounts are fraught with colonial and apartheid regime dispossession which dates back to the expansion of the Dutch colonial settlement in the Cape. We also acknowledge the various agreements and treaties, predominantly favoring the settlers, which was signed between the colonist and the Khoe and San leaders in subsequent years. A few days ago, on the 6th April 2018 we marked 366 years since the invasion of the notorious Dutch East India Company who authorized Jan van Riebeeck to set up a refreshment station for their ships. Retrospectively, the Land was subsequently seized from the Khoe and San to increase Dutch grazing pastures, expansion of their farming activities and to establish settlements. Progressively, the Dutch unilaterally increased their capture of grazing territory which infringed on the Khoe and San Land, and gave rise to serious conflict between the groups in wars fought in 1659-1660 and 1673-1677 respectively.

We will have to look into the history to arrive at a contextual conclusion of substance in regards to the Land Expropriation imperative. Speculations and conjecture has been our greatest enemy, so the Khoi-San Land Summit must offer us a moment of Educated Legal and Policy Framework formulation equally for the general consumption by the masses of our people. It must not remain abstract and academic, the youth must be able to access the new knowledge produced so that they could carry the baton of liberation into the future. Interestingly, on the 5th November 1654 Van Riebeeck’s diary reflect: “These rogues are not at all keen to part with their cattle and sheep although they have an abundance of fine stock”, which was the clearest indication of our people’s wealth position.

We observe painstakingly, how political actors and social commentators talk about our ancestral Land without making mention of how the independent dispensation through the South African Constitution with legal authorization expelled and disqualified us in section 25 subsection 7 when it only offer legitimate Land claims after 1913, while the progressive forces remain soundless. As descendants of the Khoe and San, who visibly and perceptibly crafted the Land Title-deed, which remains “Rock Solid” across this country, we persist curiously as to why the struggle paragons failed to correct such an inhumane charade and genocide against the First People of the Land, by keeping us under a false identity called “Coloured”?

It is “Impossible” to talk about Land Restitution, Reform, Redistribution and Recompense without referring to the First People and their identity obliteration. All this deception and relegation of those who occupied the Land Prior Nguni/Bantu African Indigenous migration and European invasion in full view of the international community, with so much power and authority to pressure the government, into ratifying ILO 169, remains perplexing.

History gives generous accounts of our Khoe-San ancestors wealth in terms of cattle, natural resources, livestock and land for farming, which they maintained a rich and vibrant culture, while they could never be shaken by any circumstances, but today, we are facing the threat of a final extinction, marginalisation, oppression and the most poorest population in South Africa, with our identity lost, heritage obscure, language restrain and culture being pushed to the periphery of the South African society.

In the above context, the Indigenous First Nation Advocacy South Africa (IFNASA) thought it progressive to organize the very first Khoe and San Land Summit to expressly start to voice our collective opinion on the complexity of the Land discourse. If anybody should “Claim” the Land, it’s us. There is No dispute on this fact. Increasingly, all political parties in parliament, including white Afrikaner formations agree that the San and Khoena were the First occupiers of the Land and there are vast tracks of texts available affirming it. What will South Africa do to correct the inaccurate historical narratives? What will the State do to correct the injustice, unfairness and inequality? This is a moment of Truth, South Africa we implore you, do the right thing. Remember, we too are Africans in Particular.

IFNASA invited some of the most noticeable voices and critical thinkers on the Land discourse in the country including the National Khoi and San Council, Government, Professor Ruth Hall from Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), Mr. Andile Mngxitama President of Black First Land First (BLF), Kallie Kriel CEO of AfriForum, Dr. Vuyokazi Mahlati – African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), and Commissioner Chris Nissen amongst other equally important social commentators and analyst. Welcome to the Khoi-San Land Summit.

The Khoi-San Land Summit Details are as follows: Dates: 24th – 27th April 2018 Province of Gauteng, Venue 42 Walter Street, Meredale, Johannesburg, Kwa-Eden Hotel Time 08H30 Daily, Theme “Restore Our African Identity, by Restoring Our Land”. RSVP: kslandsummit@gmail.com.

Contact: National Convener – Anthony Phillip Williams on 072 397 7726 http://www.ifnasa.co.za

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The Land Question like the National Question remains animated and mystifying. How did the First People of the most southern tip of Africa, who had full occupation of South Africa, end up occupying less than 10% of the Land mass size of 472,281 square miles?

South Africa is crossing the proverbial “Rubicon” again. It is public knowledge that we as a country reached various crossings of no return. The Land debate is arguably at the pinnacle of our countries moment of “Truth”. South Africa as a new democracy revealed inexplicable and curios contradictions, contrast, cracks, dissimilarities, disagreements and denials. The envisaged inclusive agenda of all who live in the country and a non-racial society espoused by the once impressive Freedom Charter certificate continue to evade the most noble ideas, ideals and progressive thinkers.