Chief Minister Matanzima of the Transkei African homelands in South Africa said in an interview on Wednesday (May 22) that he had always considered the Transakei lands belonged to his people.
SV Chief Minister Matanzima
CU Chief Matanzima
SV Leader of Opposition, Mr. Guzana interviewed
In this interview for Visnews, Chief Matanzime was speaking to Visnews reporter George Lindsay.
REPORTER: There's an awful lot of talk in South Africa -- what land should be given to whom right now. What are your feelings regarding the land issue? Do you feel you need more land?
MATANZIMA: As far as we are concerned, we are claiming the land which we feel belonged to the Transkei. For instance, the Mount Currie District and the farms of Mount Matatiele have always been part of the Transkei. Elliot and McLear were transferred to the Cape Colony only in 1974.
REPORTER: What about the wage situation? There is also a great problem in this -- increasing the black workers' wages in South Africa. What do you think the foreeign companies should do in particular to force employers to give more money to the black man for his work?
MATANZIMA: I think the black man is entitled to high wages which are paid to other groups. The time has come now for the gap to be closed completely. I think the foreign powers will have done more if they pressed on their companies to pay equal wages for equal work.
REPORTER: How do you see apartheid in the context of an independent state? Would you have apartheid in the Transkei for example or would you have an integrated society?
MATANZIMA: In the Transkei we are opposed to racial discrimination but whether the Transkei government will accept other racial groups to come and be citizens of the Transkei will depend on the government of the time.
GUZANA: I think we suffer quite visibly because the wages are low. One finds a man spending ten of his twelve months of the year away from home and not having much to show for the time he has been away from home. He's unable to remit enough money to support his family adequately and the normal wage position in South Africa has unfortunately been complicated by the colour question. It is the black man who is forced to receive the low wages, and it is the white man who is getting the better wage. This is a situation which we think should be forced squarely and objectively and the wage should be raised. Most of the investors who come into the Transkei for instance will have to pay a living wage.
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Background: Chief Minister Matanzima of the Transkei African homelands in South Africa said in an interview on Wednesday (May 22) that he had always considered the Transakei lands belonged to his people.
Although Transkei is advancing towards independence which South Africa has promised the homelands, there is still some argument about how much land it should claim.
Various committees are currently working on a new constitution for Transkei.
Chief Matanzima also referred to the low wages paid to African workers from the homelands - some of them well below the "Poverty line".
Mr. Lindsay also spoke to Knowledge Guzana, leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly.