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“You can’t take land by force”, says Hlaudi Motsoeneng at party launch

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During the official announcement of his new political party the African Content Movement, former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng suggested a more diplomatic approach to the controversial land issue.

Contentious figure, former SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) boss and now freshly announced political leader of the newly-launched African Content Movement, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has stated that his party is “for all South Africans…black and white,” but made it clear that his is focus on the black majority, “when it comes to empowerment.”

This led Motsoeneng into tackling the land issue calling for a more diplomatic approach where, rather than take the land forcefully, the government should attempt to “engage” with white land owners in order find a resolution to the controversial matter.

He suggested that the government rather buy the land back and give it “those who are interested” for no charge, stating that some of the leaders in the country are contradictory in their approach.

“Some of the leaders; they are contradicting themselves; they are saying that we must give people land but you know, government, they have given land to white people…Now they want the same land that they sell to them; they want the land back; I don’t know how [sic],” Motsoeneng said.

“You can’t take land by force, you must buy land back to black people but by who? By government [sic],” the ex-COO concluded.

Moving past the land expropriation topic, the ACM leader also promised an “African first” approach and that the party would put the power back in the hands of the people when it comes to service delivery if they were to be elected in 2019.

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