Lack of land ownership, the absence of rights of tenure for the black majority are patently evidence of historical injustice for a democratic SA not to take corrective action.
The harm that resulted from that racist era would become a scar that will deface our freedom and democracy forever and that is totally undesirable.
The desire for land is felt acutely by the previously oppressed majority alongside their belief that all South Africans should have access to land ownership and the right to work their land.
The government has committed to acting on this land hunger in a lawful manner that is in full accord with the constitution of SA.
Most reasonable people and institutions that seek to develop solutions to redress the injustices of the past, which includes reducing abject poverty among millions of black people, agree that continued unequal access to land prevents the majority of our citizens from enjoying human dignity, human rights and security.
The right to dignity is an important component of SA's constitutional framework. Facilitating more equitable access to land is vital and unavoidable for gaps in incomes, assets and opportunities that failure to act would give rise to high levels of political and social instability and negative economic consequences for current and future generations of South Africans, irrespective of race.