#OpenLine callers debate land question

The issue of land redistribution has always been a critical element of South African democracy.

President Jacob Zuma has said the Constitution needs to be amended to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

In his address to the National House of Traditional Leaders last week Zuma said: "First we must undertake a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation patterns. Once the audit has been completed, a single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation."

Open Line callers on the Eusebius McKaiser show debated land in South Africa after one listener phoned in saying there should land expropriation without compensation.

Our land was stolen from us and we are now asked to pay for it. We are not asking for profits that people make from this land. All we are asking for is for them to give us back what belong to us. They are now rich. It's fine take your billions, but give us back what belonged us. We cannot pay for the land because we don't have money to pay for it.

Sanele, caller in Pretoria

Other listeners weighed in on the conversation debating history around land dispossession in South Africa.

I would like to say to the gentleman who is mourning with the fact that whites stole his land, should he not perhaps go back and look at his history and see that the land that black people took reflectively belonged to the Bushman and the Khoi.

Annelise, caller

We should share what we have. There is enough in this land for everybody without taking anybody's land away.

Annelise, caller

Listen to the full open line below, comments on the land issue start at 10:52...

The debate was also on Twitter...

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