I should visit my mother more often. Driving to see her last weekend‚ I saw what political scientist Professor Somadoda Fikeni calls “the fire from below” – people no longer just demanding land‚ but being encouraged to take it and actually doing so.
In the space of one hour I saw four different land “occupations” in and around Soshanguve and Winterveldt‚ just north of Tshwane.
Later the same day I saw a fifth one in Wallmansthal‚ Tshwane. All on a Saturday afternoon.
What’s going on? Well‚ 28 years after a whole wave of Mandela villages were born across SA‚ it is clear that there is still hunger for land‚ certainly urban land. What I saw may be led by unscrupulous “entrepreneurs”‚ but they are responding to a real need.
There are very few sensible solutions on the table. We have a crisis of leadership on this and many other issues.
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