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04 August 2018
Mail & Guardian
Threats of war conclude WC land hearings
Panel at Western Cape land hearings receive conflicting ownership accounts and threats to defend land violently
#LandConference Dineo Skosana illuminates the trauma and spiritual insecurity associated with exhumation and reburial to make way for mining activities. Mining leads to the dispossession both the living and the dead.
#landconference Dineo Skosana focuses on coal mining in KZN at Somkhele.
Dispossession is not a historic phenomenon - a product of apartheid, but is a continuous experience for mining affected communities - combining both tangible and intangible losses including ancestral graves
Grace Maledu's message to government: 1. stop prioritising traditional leaders 2. visit our villages to see how we are living 3. restore our forefathers' properties to us. Think about us - we elected you and are disappointed! #LandConference
Grace Maledu speaking powerfully at the #LandConference. "What am I going to benefit after they have removed the minerals from our country? We are born and are going to die being black. Let’s not hesitate to come forward and battle for our future, for our children."
#Landconference Important questions (and frustrations) raised about how the power to define has been appropriated and continues to be exercised from above. Even the rural village has been recast as a European construct with its roots in colonial and apartheid betterment planning.