Gold -- symbol of our land's immense mineral wealth

 

 

Azania accounts for approximately 20% of Africa's entire annual economic production. It is clear that if our nation's lands and peoples were fully liberated the change in the quality of African life will benefit all of Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo.

Our land is well endowed in valuable assets such as gold, diamonds, platinum, palladium, chromium, vanadium, manganese, uranium, iron ore, coal. It produces a wide array of vegetables, grapes, sugar, citrus and other fruits; and sustains the domestic wine industry. It is essential to the cattle, dairy, sheep, and goat cultivation industries, among other sectors.

But with all the wealth of the land, the people remain absymally poor, mal-treated, and ill served. These abominable condition exists because the very same elements that controlled the land during the former apartheid state era, continues in control of the land today. So we see that, in this instance, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

We Azanians only need to reclaim and utilise our land in the interest of Azania, the Azanian People and Africa. Restitution of the land insures the material basis for real democracy. The use of land is the key variable in determining the direction of the society. It the people control the land they will build a truly democratic egalitarian political economic system based on the direct political participation and control of the majority.

Effective ownership of the land would put real power in the hand of the people themselves. Since the majority of the citizens are presently impoverished, land restitution would per force radically raise the living standards of the majority of our citizens. It will enhance and guarantee human, civil, and national sovereignty rights, create the condition necessary to improve peoples health, boost social services and expand education options; in short the land's wealth would serve the legitimate interests and needs of the citizenry itself.

We will be able to contribute effectively to Africa's full and comprehensive political and economic integration. We would also be better positioned to work with our immediate neighbor states for our mutual benefit.

Properly mobilised, organised, educated and trained the citizens of this country, when combined with their long alienated land, would produce goods that will find willing markets throughout Africa and the world. This will have a signal positive effect on our employment and business startups.

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Short Biography of Dr. Motsoko Pheko

 
 

Dr. Motsoko Pheko is the President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC). He has been a member of the PAC since 1960 and has served it in various capacities. Dr. Pheko is a former Representative of the African liberation struggle at the United Nations in New York and at the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

During the struggle against apartheid and colonialism, he was imprisoned in South Africa, Mozambique and Rhodesia for his anti-colonial activities. He was in exile for 30 years.

He holds a B.A. degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in Political Science and Systematic Theology and reading Sociology and History; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia, a Master of Laws degree in international law from the University of London, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Kensington.

He is an Advocate for the High Court of Zambia as well as an Advocate for the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is presently a Member of Parliament.

He is an author of several books on history, law, political science and theology. His latest books are How Africans Can Regain Their Lost Power, Land Is Money And Power, Who Are The Africans? The History Of Roben Island Must Be Preserved, The History Of Sharpeville Must Be Told. His hundreds of articles have been published nationally and internationally. During the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, 26th August to 4th September, Dr. Pheko gave a paper titled CAN THERE BE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT LAND REPOSSESSION BY THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?

Dr, Pheko is a Founder of Daystar University in Kenya (Nairobi) and of Tokoloho Development Association in South Africa. The latter promotes and researches indigenous knowledge of the African people before they were colonized and publishes this knowledge in print, audio and videotapes. Pheko steadfastly fights for the decolonisation of the African mind.

He has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Dr. Pheko is presently a Member of Parliament in the South African Parliament and serves on several Portfolio Committees including Foreign Affairs, Safety and Security, Justice and Constitutional Development and Culture Arts Science and Technology. He was described as the best speaker of the year in Parliament in 2004.