A Member of Parliament (MP) in the First Republic, Madam Lucy Anin, has commended the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, for backing a plan to allow land to be taken by the state from White South Africans without compensation.
According to the veteran lawmaker, the decision taken by Mr Ramaphosa is bold and wise, and it is towards the total liberation of the African Continent.
In a letter written to the South African President, Madam Lucy Anin said, “Africa, our God-given continent is at crossroads and our option is clear, we cannot continue in a state where our God-given natural resources of Gold, diamonds, lands, etc. continue to be exploited largely for the benefit of foreigners while the African masses continue to suffer unemployment, poverty and misery.”
Shock waves are still being felt in South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial announcement that the country’s constitution is to be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.
Markets reacted negatively and the currency -the Rand- , has continued to plummet over the last week.
This is because the plan has invited comparisons with the chaotic land reform programme across the Limpopo River in neighbouring Zimbabwe, which saw scenes of violent evictions of mainly white farmers.
But the move will be welcomed by those tired of waiting for reforms promised when white-minority rule ended in South Africa in 1994.
Below is the full letter:
Re: A letter in response to article “South Africa risks ‘Zimbabwe –style land chaos’ Johannesburg (South Africa), August 11”
Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa,
I wish to use this opportunity to congratulate you as president of South Africa.
In reference to the article mentioned above, published by Ghanaian news publication THE DAILY GRAPHIC, on Monday August 13, 2018. I wish to commend you for the wise and bold steps you have taken and continue to take towards the total liberation of the African Continent.
Africa, our God-given continent is at the crossroads and our option is clear. We cannot continue in a state where our God-given natural resources of Gold, diamonds, lands, etc. Continue to be exploited largely for the benefit of foreigners while the African masses continue to suffer unemployment, poverty and misery.
During the tenth anniversary of the Convention People’s Party on January (CPP) on January 8, 1960 in a speech, Nkrumah said;
“We have won the political battle and now have plunged ourselves into the fight for the economic and social reconstruction of our country. I wish to make it quite clear that this fight is tougher and far more difficult that many of us realize. This is so, not only because the enemy is intangible, invisible and impersonal but also and mainly because we must fight on several fronts.
Imperialism and colonialism die hard and what they fail to achieve in one form they try in other. We must therefore be on our constant and vigilante guard against and form of subtle domination by whosoever and from where so ever.”
Under our father Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) government. I became one of the first ten female
Members of Parliament in the First Republic from 1960 – February 24, 1966 Coup d’ etat.
I strongly believe that the steps and progress you have been making reflect the mission expressed by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the statement above.
Again, your drive to unite Africa must be supported and I pray you continue to be vigilante and wish you every success in the cause for African liberation. Thank you God bless.
Comrade Lucy Anin
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah