The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) believes it now has undeniable proof that most of the land in Mpumalanga was not stolen from blacks, adding that it had been given to Voortrekkers by the Eswatini Monarch in the 1800s.
Leader of the FF Plus in Mpumalanga, Werner Weber, said this was confirmed by Mswati III during a visit to the Lozitha Royal Palace earlier this week. The comments come as the South African Parliament prepares to wrap up its public hearings on land expropriation without compensation.
This confirmation will form part of a submission to the Constitutional Review Committee, which has been conducting these hearings.
In a joint statement by the Afrikaner delegation and Mswati III, it was revealed that the relations between Swaziland and the Afrikaner people had always been good, and that those relations had reached new heights this week.
“The Afrikaner people acknowledge the Kingdom and people of Eswatini to be the original owners of the land in and around Mpumalanga, amongst other land,” said Weber this weekend.
“Due to differences in cultures, when the Eswatini Monarch granted the Voortrekkers land use rights through kuKhonta over the land by virtue of agreements concluded in the 1800s; the Voortrekkers were of the mind that they were acquiring permanent land use rights. The parties, therefore, agree that the land was not stolen,” added Weber.
He explained there was absolutely no dispute about this.
“The parties are in strong agreement that any efforts to change the land ownership pattern held by the current land owners in and around the Mpumalanga area should surely be preceded by settlement talks and agreement with the Kingdom of Eswatini as per their longstanding request to successive South African governments.
“In conclusion, the parties agree to continue with discussions with regards these land matters and are committed to working towards an amicable solution,” added Weber.
He explained that the land in Mpumalanga was obtained legally, by means of bartering with livestock, among other things.
“[This is] to make the message to the ANC loud and clear: it is a malicious myth that all the land in South Africa was stolen from black people.”