Thursday, 20 September, 2018

ANC's Duarte Says South Africa 'Won't Be Another Zimbabwe' on Land

Mixed reaction to land expropriation push        By PHATHU LUVHENGO Mixed reaction to land expropriation push By PHATHU LUVHENGO
Melinda Barton | 02 March, 2018, 09:40

The vote will now be studied by the nation's Constitutional Review Committee which must report back with its recommendation by August 30.

The radical leader also said the measure is all about the restoration of black people's dignity and has nothing to do with taking revenge on white people.

The government's plans to expropriate land without compensation have caused widespread anxiety with the rand falling due to concerns over property investments.

The Daily Mail reports the measure passed with 241 votes for and 83 against.

But the DA argued against it.

But land remains predominantly in white hands more than two decades after the end of apartheid, sparking growing discontent among South African blacks. His promise to expropriate land without compensation sows the seed for revolution.

Section 25 (2) of the Constitution now states that property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application for a public objective or in the public interest, and subject to compensation.

He added that the ANC did have a moral claim to advancing the policy and that it was a tactical matter with regards to which political party tabled the motion and claims the victory. Together, the ANC, EFF and other small opposition parties could muster the two-thirds majority needed for a constitutional change.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) backed the idea of expropriation of land without compensation "only in limited circumstances", as per the inkosi Russel Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu's speech.

"But we absolutely can not have this if farmers do not know if or when their land will be taken from them without any compensation".

Meanwhile, Freedom Front Plus party leader Pieter Groenewald warned of "unforeseen consequences" upon the decision of stripping white people of their lands.

However, left-wing and black nationalist factions have long pushed for the state to intervene - forcefully, if necessary - to achieve a more equitable distribution of land.

Ramaphosa said earlier on Tuesday he would pursue expropriation of land without compensation, but reiterated that this should be done in a way that increases agricultural production and improves food security. "If you don't want it, you must go back to government and say I am leaving this place and you can take that which belongs to you and the government will reallocate it to someone else", he said. "All we are saying is they will not have the ownership of the land, they will have a lease, depending on what is the arrangement, particularly as it relates to the outcome of the Constitutional review process". "The motion today means land has been elevated even higher as a political issue to code red from code amber", he said.