SA’s LAND NEEDS HEALING – WILL SA CHURCHES CONTRIBUTE TO LAND REDISTRIBUTION FOR HEALING?

HOW SA CHURCHES COULD CONTRIBUTE TO LAND REFORM:
SA CHURCHES, after 26 years of post-apartheid, a child of Restitution could have been born and raised by “You” until their reach a University level of Restitution instead of continuing stating the following: WE DON’T KNOW WHOM TO GIVE TO…(Ref. Dutch Reform Church Secretary)
I believe that the Lord used the “Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng which terms is ending today to “Remind SA Churches about the value of Restitution with the aim of correcting the past unjust laws of apartheid. Thanking God for those who responded to the challenge and praying that many SA CHURCHES will respond to that challenge/plea.
James 2:14-17: 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The Church in general has been complaining about the government not doing much in Land Reform and the government has managed to access some land bank under the leadership of Main-line churches. Praying that the Lord touch the heart of Main-line churches leaders to see the needs of the people who are desperate on lands in SA
SA Churches, 2 Chronicles 7:14 applies to God’s believers in general in the land but not a secular government (particularly)
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
The biggest question is: is there Prophetically a Babylon instrument operating/to operate in the Land against “the unrepanted God’s children” as there is nothing new under the Sun after 26 years since the end of apartheid?
2 Kings 24:2-4: And the Lord sent against him (Nebuchadnezzar) raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.
*2 Kings 24:2–3*
*And the Lord sent against him (Nebuchadnezzar) raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets*. Report from the Presidential Advisory Panel Report on Land Reform and Agriculture September 2018 – May 2019 (page 59-60)
Missionary bodies of various churches made their first appearance in southern Africa during the mid 19th century. This was during a time when the colonial administration was being entrenched within the British Colony of Natal. These proliferated in the 20th century, with about 19 mission reserves being established within the Natal colony alone; covering some 58,000ha of land. This earned the colony the dubious honour of being the most evangelised region in the whole of the African continent. The colonial government gave the missionaries special recognition and support because they were perceived to have a calming effect on the militancy of Africans as well as a positive impact on their moral and intellectual. development through evangelisation and schooling; hence the encouragement of the establishment of mission stations within African locations/reserves. In this respect the government promulgated Ordinance 6 of 1856, which entrusted the Lieutenant Governor in the Colony of Natal with powers to issue land grants, initially to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Through this ordinance, missionaries acquired significant portions of land within the District of Natal as though they were naturalised subjects of the district. By 1903 the missionaries had been allotted some 17 mission stations (52,000ha) in Natal through the Mission Reserves Act 49 of 1903, and this was increased to 19 (58,000ha) by the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913. The Missionaries acquired the reserves through grants from the government, although the ownership remained vested in the Natal Native Trust, currently referred to as the Department of Regional and Land Affairs. An example of this mode of acquisition is illustrated in the land registers and title deed records of the Ifafa Mission Reserve. It is therefore important to note that missionaries in South Africa played an important strategic role in Government’s agenda of dispossession and impoverishment of the African people in that the mission stations were established almost exclusively on African Reserves, and only converted Africans were allowed to stay and practise agriculture on this land. These points to a racial agenda perpetrated by the missionaries as covert agents of the State. The panel, having engaged with the South African Council of Churches, and indigenous churches steeped in African, traditional religions, have noted that churches are not one-dimensional and homogenous. Whilst the traditional missionaries and mission churches are holder and owners of land, indigenous African-based churches form part of those in need for land in order to practice their right to practise.
Evidence that lands were also registered under churches
Possible contributions of South African missionaries to land reform
Through the modes of land acquisitions described above, some missionaries became large landowners in South Africa. Furthermore, registered churches do not pay any form of tax nor do they pay municipal property rates as they are exempted under the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act 6 of 2004. As such, there is really a very little financial incentive for them to get rid of unused land since it incurs no cost to them. However, in the politically charged atmosphere that has characterised the post-1976 era, their economic viability has continuously hung in the balance as their parent churches and benefactors abroad have become increasingly reluctant to invest further resources in them. This has led to a mass recall of their senior clergy and skilled personnel back to Europe and the West, leaving their less skilled local counterparts to their own devices. A case in point is the Catholic Diocese of Eshowe in Northern KZN, which has experienced critical challenges since the recall of its skilled personnel back to Germany. The once thriving mission station possesses vast tracts of land which it is unable to use productively due to lack of resources, hence their decision to approach the Dr. JL Dube Institute to partner with them as they seek to re-activate economic activity on these lands. An alternative to the above intended action is to recognise that there vulnerable people of our society who already reside on this land – either as farmers, farm dwellers or village communities. Finding mechanisms to transfer land rights to them and create economic opportunities with the land asset would be important; and one which would considerably sanitise their image as agents of dispossession and deliberate impoverishment of the Africans.
Concerning Dutch Reform Church – etv report Case- Dutch Reform Church vs Uitgesmyt/Wester Cape (REF: 2018/2198) – [EMaTS 14:2018:2198]
The beneficiaries were complaining about this partial Restitution. This matter was submitted to Secretary of Dutch Reform Church during Restitution Conference in Cape Town but no feedback being received while the Leadership was stating the following: WE DO HAVE LAND BUT DON’T KNOW WHOM RO GIVE TO.
The question is: Why are we loosing the “Heart of Jesus” in helping the needy and waiting for the government to push so that a reform can be done? SA Churches, where is your heart of loving your neighbour as yourself (Mtt 22:37-40)?
After years of working in Schaapkraal, I have observed Muslims buying Land to build business, Mosque/School of Quoran, farming and residentials. Can this model inspires Christians Community to take over the land? The current community of jimsebos township where a NPO under my Leadership “Life Change Ministry-090-057-NPO) are living in about 5-8 hectares land with about 4000-6000 people own by Mr Paker (Muslim) while opposite the same community, there is a land of the same size occupied by Horses (6-10). What this entail? That, there is a serious problem of Land desperation and Redistribution, this why people of lower-income mostly of African-Khoisan backgrounds are living in a small places.
Main-lines or Traditional Churches, thank you for helping the poor in clothing, foods and others but what are you going to do with the land inherited during apartheid laws
Today, I have come to ask for your prayers and actions that the Lord will soften the heart of some main-line or traditional churches who own lands to rethink about the current policies in order to Reasonably Redistribute Land to the descendants of dispossessed with the aim to Heal the Land. Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Yours, Evariste Umba Land Researcher Cell: 079 091 0554 E-mail: evaristeu21@gmail.com

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