The institute has made a submission to the National Parliament for the Constitutional Review with special focus to Section 25 (7) of the Constitution of South Africa. This is in the footsteps of the celebrated leader, Dr. John Langalibalele Dube who was in the forefront of the fight against the dispossession of Africans off their land. The issue of land rights, specifically the right to restitution or equitable redress is an important human rights concern and it is one that must be addressed. This right is contained within The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, Chapter 2: Bill of Rights, Section 25, Sub-section (7). However, after several decades of attempting land reform with little progress to show and complex issues that have arisen, there is enough evidence that propels a conviction that a review of legislation is necessary, and specifically a review of Section 25 (7) of the Constitution.
The institute having dealt with a number of claims that were dismissed by the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights based solely on the fact that the dispossessions happened before 1913 felt it was within its mandate to submit a proposal. The land question is the uniting factor for all formation of our society, which have the best interest of all people of this country at heart. With this submission the institute hopes and is confident that the overwhelming majority of our society will fully support the amendment of the Constitution to reflect the true history of this country and of the original people of this land. This history will fully be articulated in every platform available to the Institute with the determination that the proposal for the Constitutional review and amendments will be implemented as soon as possible.
Dr. John Langalibalele Dube Institute is planning a series of roundtables and community dialogues around the country, engaging community, political parties, civil society, traditional leadership and stakeholders to debate the issue further. The launch of the roundtable discussions and community dialogues will be held as follows
Event: Dr. JL Dube Round Table Lecture
Venue: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College
Date: 17 June 2016 Time: 18:00 – 20:00