South Africa Votes To Seize White-Owned Land Without Compensation

Mar 03, 2018, 00:18
South Africa Votes To Seize White-Owned Land Without Compensation

The rand weakened significantly in a matter of minutes on Tuesday, after parliament passed a motion that will start the process to allow for land expropriation without compensation in South Africa.

"The time for reconciliation is over", the bill's frontman and leader of the radical opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, told fellow politicians.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported the parliament voted 241 to 83 to confiscate all land owned by Whites without compensation to ensure an increase in ownership among native inhabitants.

The ANC said at the time it did not agree with any form of land expropriation without compensation.

"There is no doubt about it, land shall be expropriated without compensation", Nkwinti added.

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The ANC has long promised land reforms aimed at evening the distribution of land among racial groups, still a highly contentious subject more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

Now the constitution does not allow for expropriation without compensation, so a constitutional reform committee has been tasked with considering the matter and will bring it before parliament again by the end of August.

"All our people ever wanted is their land to which their dignity is rooted and founded‚" he said.

"The EFF is effectively attempting to reverse all the good work the DA-led coalition has done, and hand Nelson Mandela Bay back to the ANC on a silver platter", the statement read.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said after his inauguration two weeks ago that he would speed up the transfer of land to black people although he stressed that food production and security must be preserved.

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This was the DA's stance, he said, despite Malema saying anyone opposed to the expropriation of land would be "the enemy of the people and would be dealt with".

Neither did other opposition parties, Congress of the People‚ the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus.

"The property clause in Section 25 of the Constitution states that property is not limited to land".

He said that under the EFF's proposal, no one, black or white, will own land.

Agricultural industry association Agri SA said in reaction to the motion that while it understands the need for land reform and the frustration around its apparent slow progress, it must be done in an "orderly and sustainable" way. Agricultural economists Wandile Sihlobo and Johann Kirsten wrote last week: “With the benefit of hindsight, the Zimbabwean experience tells us that the notion of expropriation without compensation is a bad idea.

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Ralph Mathekga, an independent political analyst, warned of legal challenges. 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.

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