Deputy President David Mabuza has told Parliament during his first question session in the National Assembly that land must be returned to the landless.

Mabuza took to the podium for his maiden outing in his new post in Parliament on Tuesday to answer six questions and their follow-ups in the House. Responding to a question from NFP MP Munzoor Shaik-Emam, Mabuza said the EFF correctly identified economic freedom and emancipation as core problems.

“This is the stress that our people are facing, that means we can no longer avoid these questions that are confronting ourselves.
“If we want to survive as a nation, we can no longer protect the status quo.

“Land must be given back to the rightful owners. Land is a means to help people survive.”

‘We don’t seek reverse discrimination’

“We are going to heed the call made by the president, that we don’t seek to push other people away. We don’t seek reverse discrimination in this case.

“But for those who have acquired this land, they must be aware that it’s time to release it.”

“I think all of us, we can share this land. If you have a neighbour who owns 31 000 hectares of land…” Mabuza said.