In her article, Runji seems to deny certain basic facts about SA history. The truth about land ownership is that land was acquired by white people in a variety of ways, which includes the settlement on empty land, negotiations for land and (least significant, but most controversial) through conquest.
As I have explicitly pointed out on numerous platforms - a concession Runji conveniently ignores - it is true that black people were dispossessed. In parliament I particularly referred to the 1913 Natives Land Act and the 1950 Group Areas Act.
These pieces of legislation, and the consequences thereof, were injustices. Injustices that must be corrected.
But it must be corrected on a factual basis through an evidence-based land claims process. On the other hand, the fact that there were dispossessions in SA doesn't justify the claim that all white people should be regarded as criminals.
The truth is that not all black people were dispossessed, that those dispossessions weren't committed by all white people and that it didn't happen across the entire surface of SA. To state this is not a denial of history, but the opposite: an acknowledgement of the complexity of SA history in terms of land ownership. Anyone who is ahistorical in the land debate is trying to deny this fact with the policies they propose.