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Success of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa a myth: Angelo Fick – SABC News

It is a myth that South Africa’s colonial and apartheid economy was successful, says Angelo Fick, political scientist and director of research at ASRI.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing African National Congress (ANC) National Policy Conference at the Johannesburg Expo Center at Nasrec, Fick says the party needs to address land reform at the policy conference.

He says that it is no longer a tenable position for the government to consider as untouchable the troublesome issue of agricultural reform, which has mostly become bullshit.

“There was evidence of spectacular failure,” Fick asserts when discussing colonial and apartheid farming.

“Land reform is absolutely necessary and for several reasons. Economic reasons aside, all South Africans need to have a sense of belonging. And you can’t have a sense of belonging if your tenure of the land is threatened by the people who own it, who have the power to remove you from it or the people who manage it on behalf of the state can supersede you as traditional authorities,” he says. .

Fick says, “It is important to note that the historical records of colonialism and apartheid left a legacy of indebtedness. Cultural sources about how apartheid and colonial writers wrote about, painted and made films and TV shows about that experience and it wasn’t a great experience…text exists…TV shows from the years of apartheid are all about failed towns.

He argues that “reimagining the post-apartheid farm as somehow a necessary tool for the success of the food project is also to ignore what the global literature tells us.

Fick says that if South Africa is going to implement land reform and a return policy, it needs to be supported by programs that will also help the people who take the land to be productive with it.

“And I don’t just mean growing food. Productive on that land in a way that serves them and their needs beyond owning it.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed delegates earlier on the 6thi.e a national strategy conference, where everyone is encouraged to consider the event as a festival of ideas for the advancement of the country.

Fick says that this needs to be more than just a festival of ideas, but also a competition of ideas, he addshowever, that in the last two decades there has been a “dilution of the intellectual element” of the party.

Fick says policy discussions taking place among ANC delegates this week need to be in touch with the lived reality of the people.



Success of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa a myth: Angelo Fick – SABC News

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