NGOs and Unions Walk Out of Land Reform Negotiations

The Sunday Independent, 18 June 2007.

Rural NGOs and unions have walked out of land-reform negotiations set up in the wake of the 2005 National Land Summit, accusing the government of marginalising them.

In a strongly worded report to the Department of Land Affairs (DLA), land and rural community organisations argue that the processes set up last year to give effect to the Land Summit’ resolutions and fast-track land reform have collapsed.

Speaking on behalf of the NGOs, the Mpumalanga Rural Action Committee’s Chris Williams said that the lack of consultation, trust,  a common vision and the sidelining of rural organisations by the DLA have caused the NGOs to agree that the process is a failure and to withdraw from it.

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