South Africa's Assembly Approves Land Expropriation Without Compensation

Time for reconciliation over’ South Africa votes to confiscate white-owned land

South Africa's parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion that will amend the country's constitution, allowing the seizure of white-owned land without compensation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a similar commitment in his inaugural State of the Nation Address earlier this month, saying, "We are determined that expropriation without compensation should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid".

The ad hoc committee should‚ according to the EFF‚ comprise 11 members; six from the ANC‚ two from the DA‚ one from the EFF and two from other parties.

"While these kinds of vile and bigoted statements have come to characterise the EFF and its leader, they have no place in South Africa and only undermines our constitutional democracy", said Nt'sekhe in a statement on Thursday.

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Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee will report back to lawmakers on changes to section 25 of the Constitution by August 30, the office of the chief whip of the ruling African National Congress said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

The motion received overwhelming support from ANC and EFF MPs and was passed with 241 votes in favour versus 83 votes against.

The National Assembly is set to consider a motion led by the EFF nearly two weeks after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would undertake a process of consultation to determine the modalities of the implementation of expropriation of land without compensation.

The National Assembly adopted a motion proposed by the Economic Freedom Fighters and with amendments by the African National Congress for a committee to review section 25 of the Constitution.

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

However, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told a media briefing at Luthuli House, the "land reform programme must be executed in an orderly manner".

But the recent winds of change sweeping across South Africa have brought back the issue as urgent matter, especially with the April 2019 national elections fast approaching. "As the ANC in Parliament, we will closely monitor this process", he added. "If the grandchildren of [early Dutch settler] Jan van Riebeeck have not understood that we need our land, that over and above it is about our humanity, then they have failed to receive the gift of humanity".

It's been more than two decades since the end of apartheid in the 1990s, and the ruling ANC party is still trying to tackle racial disparities in land ownership in South Africa.

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"We must all be allocated land".

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