Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 06:51:08 -0200
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Subject: ANC Press Statements Fri 2 February
Land Green Paper
ANC Press Statement
Friday 2 February 1996
The African National Congress welcomes the publication of the
Department of Land Affairs' Green Paper on Land Policy.
The sensitivity of land issues derives from our long history of
dispossession and conquest. The legacy of this links land questions
closely to the achievement of national reconciliation and stability.
In this context the publication of the Green Paper on Land
Policy is a welcome statement of the concrete ways in which the
Government of National Unity intends to resolve the many complex
land problems in our country. It is also a document that takes
forward the commitment of the RDP document to a far-reaching and
substantial land reform programme.
The three key programmes described in the Green Paper -
redistribution, restitution and tenure reform - go to the heart of
addressing the land needs of our people.
The ANC supports the land distribution programme's poverty
focus, as well as its commitment to support women and aspirant
entrepreneurs to gain access to land. Similarly, the recognition
that within the restitution programme steps should be taken to
address the situation of those who were dispossessed prior to the
1913 cut-off date and those who fall outside the Restitution Act is
The approach to tenure reform that stresses the need for
recognition and acceptance of diverse tenure arrangements within a
unitary registry system will bring welcome relieve to millions of
people living in conditions of tenure insecurity.
Finally, the recognition of the need for speedy land release in
both urban and rural areas as a means of achieving a lasting
solution to the serious instability caused by land invasions is most
Issued by: ANC DIP
PO Box 61884
2 February 1996
The Land Green Paper is available from