Here is a short summary of the original history of the Cape of Good Hope region, just to clear up any misconceptions muddied by political and racial statements. These are the FACTS of the matter!
The short answer to this question is a resounding No! The original inhabitants of the Cape Province are the Khoi San people. who were hunter/gatherers who lived off the land. They hunted with bows and arrows or ate shellfish gathered on the seashore. In 1488 the Cape Peninsula was discovered by the Portuguese Navigator Bartholomew Diaz. Then came the first British settlers in 1795. The first major Dutch occupation of the Cape was in 1820, when the Dutch East India Company under the leadership of Jan Van Riebeek established the Cape Colony as a refreshment station for Dutch ships.
If there is any valid claim to be made in respect of giving land back on the basis of cultural or historically based evidence, then it should be made by the Khoi San people.
However, the fact is that the way the world was divided-up by colonial invasion and occupation in those ancient days was by means of CONQUEST, and thereafter by NEGOTIATION. For example, a colonial general would offer the local inhabitants MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR LAND; and thereafter, free market forces would come into play, according to the law of SUPPLY AND DEMAND.
Capitalism is a system that works, as evinced by simply looking at which countries are leaders in terms of wealth, business success, growth, which are; (with the possible exception of Russia and China, both of which are in severe trouble at the moment) are capitalistic.
The gigantic fallacy that the ANC leadership and members and other black individuals such as Julius Malema are presenting is that the black people in South Africa are entitled to reclaim land that was taken from them by white colonials. The black people in South Africa were originally slaves who came from North and West Africa; so there is absolutely no validity in the claim that land in South Africa was stolen by white people from black people who were the original inhabitants of the region!
Apart from the fallacious historical claim, as evinced above, why on earth would the non-black inhabitants of South Africa be prepared to give land back to the black people on the basis of so-called HERITAGE when there is absolutely no physical or cultural evidence of contributions such as architecture, business or any other achievements; apart from sport perhaps; having been made by black people; that would entitle them to reclaim land that was legitimately bought or inherited by non-black people on a basis of willing buyer willing seller in a free market.
Where are the architectural masterpieces, wonderful works of art, cultural or educational institutions created by black people. The answer is – THERE ARE NONE! SO WHY IN HEAVEN’S NAME WOULD THE ENGLISH, DUTCH, GERMAN OR OTHER EUROPEAN, COLOURED, MALAY, INDIAN OR ORIENTAL PEOPLE ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE GUILTED IN THAT WAY?
The inescapable fact is that the ANC doesn’t give a damn about the people in South Africa and their wellbeing. They are quite prepared to stand by while the country crumbles as their primary considerations are; to firstly to maintain the status quo, so they can keep stealing from the population, so as to line their own pockets; and secondly to get rid of the white people altogether.
The fact is that if they continue to pursue this destructive agenda; we will ALL END UP WITH NO FOOD, NO WATER, NO ENERGY AND THE COUNTRY WILL DESCEND INTO A CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION SUFFERING and POVERTY; AND EITHER RUSSIA OR CHINA WILL TAKE OVER, DUE TO THE ENORMOUS DEBT WE OWE TO SUCH COUNTRIES!