South Africa’s radical left-wing
government moves to expropriate white farmers’ land without compensation.
Recently, the National Assembly
passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee to draft the amendment to Section
25 of the constitution which will allow expropriation without compensation.
In the debate of the motion, ANC, EFF
and NFP voted for the motion, while the DA, IFP, FF Plus and ACDP voted
African National Congress (ANC) chief
whip Pemmy Majodina presented the motion which stated that the fifth parliament
had already adopted a report by the constitutional review committee (CRC)
recommending an amendment to the Constitution.
Majodina explained the intent to the
amendment as follows:
“Make explicit that which is implicit
in the Constitution, with regards to expropriation of land without
compensation, as a legitimate option for land reform, so as to address the
historic wrongs caused by the arbitrary dispossession of land, and in so doing
ensure equitable access to land and further empower the majority of South
Africans to be productive participants in ownership, food security and
agricultural reform programs”.
Majodina also explained that an ad
hoc committee was established by the Fifth Parliament, however, it was
dissolved before it could complete its task.
“We must complete this. We are
hungry, we want our land back,” Majodina said.
DA Chief John Steenhuisen cautioned
that a constitutional amendment was comparable to applying plaster on a 20-year
failed track-record of land reform and restitution.
“What this motion is… is the greatest
hoax perpetuated on the people of South Africa,” said Steenhuisen. “This
plaster that you are trying to use is a smokescreen of the government failures
of the last two decades.”
IFP MP Elphas Buthelezi shared the
“The Constitution has not failed our
people; it is the policies of this (ANC) government that failed our people.”
EFF MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi said an
amendment to section 25 would have historical implications and trigger the
painful past of the country’s black population.
She pledged that the EFF
would prevent ANC from introducing unsubstantiated al amendments and ensure
that the land would be returned to its “rightful owners, which is the