THINKFEST AN ENLIGHTMENT
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Listen. Think. Question. Talk back. Argue. Debate.
That’s what Think Fest Convenor, Anthea Garman, feels South Africa is in need of from the country. Think Fest is a platform where topical issues and thought provoking arguments are made.
This year South Africa commemorates the centenary of the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913. In a discussion held at the Blue Theatre at Rhodes University titled Resolving land issues in South Africa: continuities and discontinuities, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza talked about the South African legislation, how the ANC- led government is dealing with the legacy of colonialism and royal authority.
Professor Ntsebeza is a holder of the NRF Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa and author of Democracy Compromised.
“I was asked to speak positively about South Africa, I’m afraid it would be dishonest. The road to democracy is still littered with struggles for the rural people,” said the professor.
Ntsebeza feels that the ANC government is not honouring the struggle especially when it comes to the traditional courts and land ownership for the native South Africans.
Many are dissatisfied with policies of the ANC yet they are the ones that vote for the party, “loyalty to the ANC from the poor still strongly exists.”
Ntsebeza thinks the reason for the ANC still having power is that the opposition is not strong enough, “but there is a new girl in town now AGANG.”
The Think Fest is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in partnership with City Press and has their senior journalist, Charl Blignaut, join the talks.
The Think Fest is a great ‘IMBIZO’ for free thinkers and great way to educate people about issues that affect the whole of South Africa at large.