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S/African lawmakers pass law outlawing compensation for reclaimed land

S/African lawmakers pass law outlawing compensation for reclaimed land”

With the South African parliament adopting a motion on Land Reform by 241 votes in support and 83 against, the resolution allowing land expropriation without compensation, has now paved way for a Constitutional Review Committee, which has been asked to follow up the issue and must report its findings back to Parliament by 30 August. The post-apartheid government has done little to help new black entrepreneurs in agriculture, and much of the land that has been purchased for redistribution on a "willing buyer, willing seller" basis has gone to the state rather than to black farmers.

It then called for parliament to establish an ad hoc committee to review and amend section 25 of the constitution (the property clause) to make expropriation without compensation in the public interest possible, to hold public consultations, and to make other necessary constitutional amendments which will make the EFF's land tenure policy possible.

Tuesday's motion was brought by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party but was supported by the ANC, which controls nearly two-thirds of the parliament compared with EFF's 6 percent.

Black First Land First activists gather in Pretoria, South Africa, to demand that land be given to black South Africans as compensation for colonial-era land seizures, in February 2017. It said such a move must be done in a way that ensures food security, economic growth and radical economic transformation.

"The ANC government does not have a land problem, we have a problem with the way the ANC are handling land", he said. You can't sell it. You can't come tomorrow and say I have sold my piece of land.

No reliable figures on land ownership in South Africa exist, although a recent government study found that only a third of the nation's land is privately owned.

"By arguing for expropriation without compensation, the ANC has been gifted the ideal scapegoat to explain away its own failure", she said in a statement.

"It is not an issue that will cause a nightmare".

The DA will report Malema to the Equality Court in terms of Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, which states that "no person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to: (a) be hurtful; (b) be harmful or to incite harm; [and] (c) promote or propagate hatred".

On Monday, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said: "The DA will not be supporting this motion". The DA's Thandeka Mbabana argued that the motion undermined property rights.

According to Malema's explanation, black people will also not own land.

At the time, he reportedly said: "When we leave here, you will see any lovely piece of land, you like it, occupy it, it belongs to you".

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said there "is a danger that those who think equality in our lifetime equates that we must dominate whites".



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