A top public figure in the country Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has weighed in on the sensitive issue of land which he described as a “monumental challenge”, saying it must be resolved in the memory of the first African Nobel peace prize winner and former ANC president Chief Albert Luthuli.

According to the learned silk land expropriation should not divide the country.

In a message, while addressing the 14th Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, Mogoeng said the land issue, racism and exclusion of African people from the mainstream economy were the most critical challenges facing South Africa.

“I observed that there are some of us who are traversing the globe seeking to conscientise the global community about why is it supposed to be good and acceptable that the status quo in relation to land ownership and the ownership of the wealth of South Africa ought to be maintained. But here lies the question: where are the victims of landlessness and exclusion from meaningful participation of the economy? Where is their voice?

Addressing the contentious land question has been the central theme of the ANC’s weekend campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, with cooperative governance.
“We all know that Chief Albert Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because of his unwavering commitment to the resolution of challenges, however taxing or frustrating, by peaceful means to address challenges relating to land use and ownership in Africa.

“This solutions we propose in his memory must be inclusive securing enduring peace, stability and shared prosperity. But our starting point in that journey ought to be a connection with the views on land and the relationship between landlessness and poverty and hopelessness,” said Mogoeng.

He said African people need more land now – as they did 50 years ago – and that the land issue was not a matter to be “romanticised.”.

“It is a matter that should not be romanticised. It is a matter that must be addressed but without dividing the South African nation.