The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says it commemorated Heritage Day with mixed emotions and is shouting for systemic reforms to ensure South Africans not only retain their identities, but also prevent being observers in their own administration.
In a statement on Friday, ATM National Spokesperson, Sibusiso Mncwabe, said Heritage Day can only be celebrated when all South Africans are economically liberated through a transformed economy that eradicates poverty from all communities.
“It is imperative that newcomers explore previously untapped markets to allow all citizens to participate economically,” Mncwabe said.
As preparations are underway for the 2021 Local Government Elections, Mncwabe says ATM is advocating that land expropriation without compensation be swiftly implemented, as requested by the people of South Africa.
He claims this will enable people to cultivate enough land and be self-sufficient, as they were before the settlers arrived in South Africa.
“We must fully reinstate all the kingdoms destroyed by apartheid, namely the Khoi and San Kingdoms, and then support all existing monarchs as custodians of their traditions and customs, while allowing them to fully exercise their constitutional rights to be in charge of their nations.”
He said Africans to gain recognition in the 21st century, they must preserve practices, norms, traditions, and methods handed down from generation to generation.
According to Mncwabe, the origins of our existence on the African continent are tied to customary law, which has a far greater positive effect than less beneficial alternatives, adding that our own laws must be elevated to the same level as Roman-Dutch law.
As South Africa heads to the polls in November, Mncwabe said ATM encourages all citizens to vote for a party that advances their concerns and aspirations for a better quality of life.