Free State Agriculture condemns the 1913 Land Act

Free State Agriculture (FSA) strongly condemned the 1913 Land Act and the effects thereof. In a media statement the organisations said it was indeed a sad day to commemorate.

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It represents the onset of nearly a century of social engineering by the apartheid government. The act was the start of racially based legislation that prevented black people from owning land in designated areas of South Africa. “This act cannot be justified in any way,” said FSA President Dan Kriek. “FSA is going to do its utmost to contribute to the normalisation of the land issue in the country, to ensure long term sustainable and profitable production of affordable food for SA.”

FSA recently initiated a comprehensive land audit for the province in conjunction with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, according to Kriek. “Through this land audit we will combine all our efforts to work towards an evidence based land policy, based on our scientific and empirical analysis. The situation was exacerbated by the failure during the past 20 years to successfully implement a viable land policy. The problem was not actually caused by the legislation, but rather the poor implementation thereof, because of the mistrust between the affected parties.