Now because you are suffering from a poverty of ideas should it happen that you

Now because you are suffering from a poverty of ideas

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Now, because you are suffering from a poverty of ideas, should it happen that you run out of that, come to the EFF. [Applause.] We must ensure that people’s right to land is protected and not subjected to abuse by state officials and mining companies, like what Mr Gwede Mantashe and his Australian company are doing to the people of Xolobeni. To do this properly, we must develop a system to land rights registration to ensure that communal and customary land rights are recordable and afforded the same protection as other forms of rights. We do not say this to render traditional leaders in our communities useless and irrelevant. Our traditional leaders still have a role to play in our communities, including the process to allocate land to all people, in particular women and the youth. I’m repeating this for the second time. If you are serious about giving our people rights to land, you must equally resource land courts to speed up resolutions of all
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 314 land-related disputes. We cannot allow a situation where one acting judge is appointed to hear all land-related matters without the necessary support or resources. We must set up the ad hoc committee to start working on the modalities of the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution. Mr President, if you are going to change and disown your party conference resolution that is your problem. Don’t tag us and don’t say we did not warn you. As the EFF, we have made a commitment to our people. We are the generation that has discovered its mission and we intend to fulfill it. We will do so because we know victory is certain and our people will have the land. Amandla! [Applause.] I want to say to my sister, Comrade Zindzi Mandela, that we are behind you. The struggle continues. Thank you. [Applause.] Ms N I TARABELLA-MARCHESI: Hon Deputy Speaker, I will not begin my speech with, once upon a time, because I do not intend to tell a fairy-tale about the plight of children in South African
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 315 schools. I do not intend to be the Brothers Grimm and paint a picture of an imaginary and magical land that does not exist. I’m here to present the cold, hard facts that we need to reflect on as a Parliament, and the DA is here to also present workable solutions. While the President spoke about how he met with the people of South Africa during the election campaign, he did not speak frankly of the true state in which the people of our country live, nor did he ever offer apologies for how his party has disappointed and left, particularly our young people, hopeless. Over the last month I met with teachers who expressed how they are working under awful conditions no human being should. They are overwhelmed and overworked. They expressed how they are not only teachers to our young but they are mothers and fathers to orphans of missing parents; they are social workers to the broken; they are nurses to the sick; and they are police to the disruptive and drug dealers on school premises.
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