South Africans Panic as '#LandExpropriation' Without Compensation Looms

03 March, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula said the positive vote for the motion on land expropriation without compensation is a victory for South Africans and that it was a political milestone that saw like-minded political parties voting in favour of the policy.

Eighty-five minutes have been set aside to consider the draft resolution at a plenary sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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

"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.

The rural affairs minister for the ruling African National Congress party said it "unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation".

The motion, which was brought by Julius Malema - the leader of the radical Marxist opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters - passed by a wide margin of 241 votes to 83 against.

This was after the DA rejected the EFF led motion on land.

There are fears the vote will put South Africa on the same path as neighboring Zimbabwe, where forceful, violent seizures of white-owned farms in the early 2000s were blamed for the nation's economic freefall and political instability.

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"We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land", Malema told parliament ahead of the vote, according to South Africa's News24. "The ANC's call for expropriation without compensation is a lazy attempt to divert attention away from the real reasons that lie at the heart of the slow pace of meaningful land reform and restitution". He also stressed that food production and security should be considered in any expropriation effort.

"We must all be allocated land, you can't sell it".

Parliament has ordered to report back on the issue by Aug 30.

He said the party reaffirms the policy must be executed in an orderly manner and that illegal occupiers of land should face the law.

Malema was quoted saying: "We are going to remove a mayor of PE, Athol Trollip, we are going for your white man in PE".

"And if they decide to collapse coalitions then the DA should be able to use that and explain that it is the EFF that is duplicitous and collapsing coalitions for its own ends rather than the needs of the people".

An emboldened Magashule said on Friday that the results of Wednesday's byelections in Gauteng and North West, where the ANC increased its majority compared to 2014, was a reaffirmation of "our people's confidence in the ANC".


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