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ANC will support constitutional amendment for land expropriation

President Cyril Ramaphosa President Cyril Ramaphosa
Patty Aguilar | 03 August, 2018, 07:34

What Happened: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party will pursue an amendment to the constitution to allow land to be expropriated without compensation, Bloomberg reported August 1.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on late Tuesday night that his country faces many challenges, particularly the issue of land expropriation.

Ramaphosa said it had become obvious that the majority of South Africans wanted greater clarity from the Constitution on the issue of land reform.

Nearly one-third of the arable land on South Africa is privately owned, and white farmers own 72 percent of it, compared to only 4 percent from the majority black population.

Once the principle of expropriation without compensation has been taken up in the Constitution, it has the potential to bring about anarchy and land grabs, similar to what happened in Zimbabwe, because certain political parties have created the expectation among the masses that everyone will be able to own land and thus become wealthy.

This disparity in land holding has long since been seen as a symbol of the enduring inequalities within South Africa.

"The ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution is a mandate for radical transformation both of society and the economy", he comments, addng that the current property clause enables the state to effect expropriation of land with just and equitable compensation and also expropriation without compensation in the public interest.

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Ramaphosa's announcement comes as Parliament's Joint Constitutional Review Committee's public hearings reach finality.

"We have been watching all the public hearings and we have been meeting people in different places as part of interaction with the people, and clearly there is an overwhelming view".

The ANC said it was undergoing a fascinating internal debate on how best to implement the new policy and how to best word the new Act.

"Among other things we said we are going to test that in court and secondly we put a proviso that in the circumstances we will look at tampering with section 25 2 (b)".

Zuma said that the reform would be conducted "within the law, within the constitution" but only where is "necessary and unavoidable". "This stimulus package will be based on existing budgetary resources and the pursuit of new investments while remaining committed to fiscal prudence", he said.

We call on all South Africans to work with us in developing a social compact for economic inclusion‚ economic growth and jobs for all.

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