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SA's Parliament endorses land expropriation without compensation

SA's Parliament endorses land expropriation without compensation

The EFF is now preparing to put forward a motion of no confidence in the current Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip, following the DA's refusal to vote for the amendment of the Constitution. "Of course. The question of who came before is a tactical one".

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.

It now says that property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application for a public goal or in the public interest and, subject to compensation, the amount of which and the time and manner of payment of which have either been agreed to by those affected or decided or approved by a court.

"There is no doubt about it: land shall be expropriated without compensation", said former Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti.

Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee will report back to lawmakers on changes the constitution by August 30.

Malema told DA leader Mmusi Maimane during the debate on the State of Nation Address that the DA's hold on the three metros depended on their attitude to the expropriation of land without compensation.

Whites still own most of South Africa's land following centuries of brutal colonial dispossession.

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"We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land", he said.

The EFF proposed that an ad hoc committee be established to review and amend Section 25 of the constitution to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation.

Those opposing the motion to seize land include the Democratic Alliance‚ the Congress of the People‚ the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus.

The party has emphasised that while it works towards accelerating land reform, it will do so in an orderly manner. "People were dispossessed of their land and their dignity by the discriminatory laws of the past, the painful past that can never be forgotten".

Since taking power in 1994, the ANC has made land redistribution from whites to blacks without compensation one of its main policies.

Despite arguments, the vote called out for ANC to redistribute lands as the pressure grows to gain support of the poorer black voters ahead of the election next year. 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.