After 12 years of democracy very little land stolen from black people during the apart- heid era has been returned.
The government's failure to deal with landlessness lies in its miserly and passive approach to land reform.
Proving the need for redress has been placed squarely on the victim. This has put the process effectively in limbo.
Poor people lack the resources to institute successful claims, or to have already done so before the ridiculous cut-off date of December 1998.
The government has failed to equate the low number of land claims with the massively disruptive effect of apartheid on the history and culture of black people.
It follows that broad reparation is the only key to just redress. To effect this there is only one method - expropriation. Until the government charts this course, the housing backlog will increase.
In the rural areas farm labourers struggle under inhuman conditions. What is needed is a comprehensive land and agricultural policy with defined goals.
Instead the land affairs department persists with subtle changes to failed policies.
Without a policy shift prioritising expropriation, it is insulting to hear the government's assurance of a 30 percent transfer of land by 2014.
Samore HerbsteinAzapo, Gauteng