Threatened university student found dead

Well-placed sources told The Southern Times this week that Pali Pasaka was found dead in Academia, a suburb in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Sunday last week.

He had returned to the university to complete his studies in the Faculty of Economics and Management Science following last year’s disturbance.

By the time of going to press not much was known about the circumstances or possible cause of his death.

UNAM’s director of Communications and Marketing Mr Edwin Tjiramba confirmed the student’s death.

He said the university’s community of about 4000 full time students and their lecturers had been plunged into mourning.

“This is a setback. He was a very promising student. We are very sad,” he said.

He said UNAM, through its office of the dean of students, was doing all it could to “ease the pain that his death has caused on students and lecturers as well as to assist in transporting the body to his country, among other things.”

who have the land and those who do not have the land must come to a point of agreement that the land shall be shared by those who occupy it. These imbalances cannot be allowed to continue for ever,” he said.

The North West province member’s intense speech had other MP’s nodding in agreement, as concerns have gradually mounted over South Africa’s moves with regard to land redistribution.

While sentiment in the county is generally concerted over the decision to redistribute land equally between minority white farmers and majority blacks, there has been division over how the process should be carried out.

“It must be done properly. What we do not want is a situation like the one in Zimbabwe where there were mistakes and they had to do it again. They did the right thing, and that is what we also want but we must do it right,” said 38 year old Aaron Ramopahle.

Moatshe also made reference to the bible in his speech, citing a bible reference from Leviticus that referred to a “jubilee” return of land to its rightful owners after 50 years.

“When you read Leviticus … it talks of the jubilee year. The land shall go back to the rightful owners…the jubilee year is now long overdue” he said.

Moatshe, who is the chairman of the parliamentary land affairs committee, described South Africa’s land restitution budget as “a drop in the ocean”, saying much more funding would be required if the country was going to achieve its goals.

He said it would be an extremely challenging task for the country to address the legacy of dispossession that had taken place in 1652, when the first Dutch settler, governor Jan van Riebeck arrived in the country.

According to Moatshe, who is also a religious minister, there was very much doubt that the government could achieve its target of placing at least 30 percent of the land in South Africa in the hands of indigenous people by 2015.

He stressed that in order to achieve this, the land-reform programme would need to be “considerably accelerated”.

However the country’s government has already posted some successes in its vision towards restitution. 86.2 percent of the 79 000 land claims received by the government have already been settled, and according to Moatshe, only 10 977 claims are still outstanding, of which 2 922 are in urban areas while 8 055 are in rural areas.

These are expected to be settled in 2007 and 2008, Moatshe said.

June 2006
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