This day, 370 years ago, SA’s problems began – EFF

Sinawo Thambo |

06 April 2022

Fighters say Van Riebeek led a brutal theft of African land on the basis of colonial and Western rationality

EFF statement on 6th April 1652, Land Day

6 April 2022

The Economic Freedom Fighters observes the 6th of April as the day the problems of South Africa began. On this day in 1652, the colonialist and land thief Jan Van Riebeek, arrived on the shores of this country on board the ships Dromedaris, Rheiger and Goedehoop.

Arriving on our shores under the pretence of establishing a refreshment station, Van Riebeek went on to lead the brutal theft of our land, on the basis of colonial and Western rationality.

Simply because Africans did not subscribe to the capitalist notion that land is an individual asset to be owned for purposes of wealth accumulation, Van Riebeek and his gang of thieves took it upon themselves to steal our land, because it was not encroached and supposedly did not contribute to their global capitalist economic system.

It has been 370-years since that fateful day, and black life in this country remains one of trauma, dispossession and landlessness. Africans remain underdeveloped, black people continue to live in squalor and we remain collective spectators in the economic affairs of our country.


The benefactors of land theft are emboldened, and were granted forgiveness for their crimes against African people without any justice or return of the land and mineral wealth of South Africa.

The indigenous people of Africa, bear the brunt of the pain inflicted on their ancestors by a band of thieves who openly threaten war when cries for the return of the land are made.

The Rupert family, together with the Oppenheimer’s are direct decedents and successors of Dutch East Indian Company, the first gang and cash in transit criminal company to unleash land dispossession in the Cape, led by Van Riebeek.

Each and every aspect of African life, from the social, political and economic, is under the firm grip of what can only be described as a Stellenbosch Mafia. Through Remgro, Rupert has a perverse influence in the generation of energy at Eskom, he has an influence over the financial sector and the banks and maintains a complete dominance in the retail sector.