Wednesday 15th July 2015 CPLO held a roundtable at the Townhouse in Cape Town on Land Invasions. Three speakers spoke and engaged the guests in a vibrant discussion on land issues. Job Shupululo Amupanda from Namibia spoke on the issues of landlessness in Namibia and their struggles around the affirmative repositioning movement that is growing among young people seeking access to land. He was quite critical of the state and political parties in power for their lack of commitment to changing past unjust land ownership patterns.
Andile Mngxitama, the ex- EFF Member and ex-MP also spoke about the lack of will to change unjust land ownership patterns in South Africa. He announced that they will be starting a movement around land ownership.
Dr Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza spoke in depth about the problems that Kenya has in terms of corruption in the whole land ownership issue. He noted that the main reason why Kenya has not had land invasions is because the land question has been cloaked by conflicts of ethnicity, but argued that most of the ethnic conflicts in Kenya were really about unjust colonial land ownership patterns that had not been properly resolved.
L-R: Andile Mngxitama, Job Shupululo Amupanda and Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza