In the villages and the small and big towns of our country, ordinary people in their numbers have been queuing in long lines, coming to tell parliament's Constitutional Review Committee about land expropriation. They stand all day in meetings where there are no food parcels on offer or free T-shirts, no celebrities or entertainment. Our people, from the old women and men who live on pensions to the young men and women who are unemployed and undereducated, all line up to share with MPs their experiences.

The halls are often too small for the numbers that show up and in these winter days, with their chilly winds, they sometimes wait their turn outside the venues, braving the cold for hours to participate in the conversation about land. The overwhelming majority of these people, in both urban and rural South Africa, are unequivocal that land must be expropriated without compensation, for equal redistribution. Many of those who support this view are African farmworkers, the landle...

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