A recent article which appeared in the Daily Maverick provides an overview by activists and policy analysts on the key findings by the High Level panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change.
Members of the Land and Accountability Research Centre at UCT, the Alliance for Rural Democracy, the Rural Women’s Alliance, the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at UCT, the Land Access Movement of South Africa and other organisations gathered at Cape Town’s Tshishimani Centre for Activist Education to discuss the panel’s report.
The article notes that activists urged the conference to adopt several of the report’s proposals.
These included the above-mentioned land reform recommendations; the withdrawal of the above-mentioned two Bills; amendment of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003 to acknowledge that customary law is voluntary and living; amendment of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act to give previously disadvantaged holders of land rights the power to grant or withhold consent for mining and to ensure adequate compensation; amendment of the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act to entrench the land rights of informal rights holders, and the protection of rural people in law-making and policy-making.
“The High Level Panel has proposed crucial interventions to prevent the continuing dispossession and exclusion of poor and rural people from meaningful citizenship,” the organisations said in a written statement. “The ANC National Conference cannot ignore the work of this panel.”