Nelson Mandela Foundation

Invitation to cover: Restoring the Dignity of the Landless

Date: 23 October 2018

From: Nelson Mandela Foundation

The debate about Expropriation without Compensation ignores threats to the property rights of the rural poor contained in bills before Parliament 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation in collaboration with the Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) Plexus films and the Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to a screening of “This Land” followed by a dialogue on the future of land reform in South Africa, reflecting on the Constitutional Review Process and engaging with proposed legislation. It is important to involve both academics and activists; alongside bringing in media to document unfolding examples of dispossession and lack of accountability linked to the Traditional Khoi-San Leadership Bill and the Traditional Leadership Governance Framework Amendment Bill amendments before Parliament. The bills will be in the final stages of adoption in the National Council of Provinces on the proposed date of 23 October 2018. 

The story is a stark and dramatic one of the denial of black property rights and of unequal citizenship. Black property rights are denied on the basis that customary law provides ownership only to traditional leaders – to the exclusion of ownership by ordinary people. Citizenship is denied to rural black people on the basis that they are primarily tribal subjects whose land rights are subject to autocratic decisions taken by traditional leaders who are not required to consult them, let alone obtain their consent.


Constance Mogale – Land Activist, working with the Alliance for Rural Democracy

Rev Mbhekiseni Mavuso – Land Activist working the Rural Network

Nozuko Poni – Storyteller and Project Manager for Ignite Your Rights

Emily Tjale – Gender Programme Officer and Care-Taking Directorship for the Land Access Movement of South Africa

Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation, 107 Central Street, Houghton (Secure parking available along Central Street)

Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 

Time: 18h00 – 20h00 

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