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ANC denies undermining Parliamentary process on land expropriation

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The ANC insists it’s not “undermining parliamentary processes” by changing the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation

The ANC has denied undermining parliamentary processes in its announcement by party president Cyril Ramaphosa, that the National Executive Committee would be forging ahead with plans to have the constitution amended to allow land expropriation without compensation.

Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday evening that the decision had been taken at the party’s two-day Lekgotla, held in Tshwane.

“Accordingly, the ANC will, through the parliamentary process, finalise a proposed amendment to the Constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected”, he announced.

While the Economic Freedom Fighters has welcomed the decision, the Democratic Alliance has slammed it, accusing the ANC of undermining parliament.

“Last night’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, indicating that the ANC will move forward to expropriate land without compensation and amend the Constitution to give effect to such, is a direct attempt to undermine Parliament and is contributing to no confidence in the economy. This is yet another blow to the almost 10 million unemployed South Africans”, said party leader Mmusi Maimane.

The ruling party reiterated its stance on land reform at its post-Lekgotla media briefing in its headquarters, Luthuli House, on Wednesday.

”Are we undermining the parliamentary processes? No…. we are actually meeting the tail end of that process. People at public hearings throughout the country are clear… there is an overwhelming voice to amend and we cannot ignore the voices of our people”, said Enoch Godongwana, chairperson of the ANC Subcommittee on economic transformation.

The final leg of public hearings on land expropriation kicked off in the Western Cape on Wednesday. Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee has been criss-crossing the country to hear South Africans’ views on amending section 25 of the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

Thabo Baloyi
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