On-line version ISSN 2312-878X
MASHAU, Thinanadvha D. More than just a piece of land: Power dynamics in the land discourse within the City of Tshwane. Missionalia (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.42, n.3, pp. 192-211. ISSN 2312-878X. http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/42-3-64.
Land ownership in South Africa is a thorny issue. The magnitude of this challenge is so huge that we are like a country sitting on a time bomb which is already ticking and ready to explode. Whilst it remains a dream of every South African to own a piece of land, the government has been slow to deliver to its promise. This article seeks to explore the issue of land and dispossession from the perspectives of those in the margins, the homeless in the City of Tshwane. This is done by allowing them space to read and reflect on 1 Kings 21:1-16 and apply it in their context of landlessness. Emerging voices of ordinary readers of the text, as represented by the homeless in the City of Tshwane, suggest that land ownership is more than just a commercial issue; it involves such issues as culture, politics and religion, amongst others. Power dynamics are at play, especially with regard to the right to the City. There is also an issue of attachment, especially when issues of ancestry and birthrights are raised.
Keywords : Land; Discourse; Homeless; Power dynamics; City of Tshwane.