Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi leads a spirited performance of a powerful struggle song that goes: iAzania! Soyithatha ngebhazuka! –loosely translating to: We shall take our land back with the barrel of a gun.
He was about to speak at the Walter Sisulu University for the launch of his book “The Land Is Ours”.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi’s “The Land Is Ours” book launch at WSU resonated with audiences at the height of a national political upset around land expropriation without compensation. The alumnus and former SRC president of the university shaped insight on injustices of colonialism and Land Acts that now sow a rift along racial lines within the country. Truth was his point of departure – and truth he told. “Hellen Zille tells everyone that Blacks must be grateful colonialism because it gave us an independent judiciary. What nonsense. The historical fact is that the ideas of constitutional law germinate from Africans. They germinate because Africans are trying to workout a system that will be based on fairness because it is fundamentally an African idea to be fair to someone else. It is called Ubuntu,” he added. Ngcukaitobi continued to explain that the genius of these African legal minds was that they merged western legalities with fundamentally Afrocentric ideas. “They insisted that these ideas be the future of SA,” he said. After having been commissioned to write a bill on land expropriation by the government in 1998, but was ever passed, Ngcukaitobi said that the government has no backbone when it comes to land. “In the last 23 years the government has never expropriated any land, but only that of Black people in order to build roads and Eskom stations but never to Whites. We do not have a legal problem in this country we have a political one,” said Ngcukaitobi. The author said he was always shocked by the historical distortion when it came to land and that the former University of Transkei – now WSU – conditioned him to speak truth to power.
Posted by Walter Sisulu University on Friday, 13 April 2018