Shivambu said Mbeki’s comments have no bearing, regardless of him being a former head of state.
The Deputy President of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Floyd Shivambu has responded to a report in which former President Thabo Mbeki criticises the current land issue.
“President Mbeki, like any other South African, has got a right to contribute to the discussion on land expropriation without compensation, but he must take that parliament has already resolved that we are going to start the process of amending the constitution so as to permit the expropriation of land without compensation”, Shivambu told journalists.
In a leaked 30-page document, Mbeki questions the African National Congress’ (ANC) agenda in expropriating land without compensation.
“The question is what should be done to acquire the required land without communicating a wrong principle that such land acquisition is being conducted because sections of our population must surrender land they own to others who are allegedly properly South African, whereas such land owners are, in effect, not accepted by government as being fully South African, enjoying equal rights with all other South Africans, black and white?”, Mbeki asks in the document.
“His voice, by the way, is just like any other person’s voice. It doesn’t mean anything that he was a former president. But as a South African, we’ll listen to him, he’ll contribute, but ultimately we’re going to change the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation so that we can give that land to black people in general and Africans in particular. He can intellectualise and say all sorts of things, but our commitment to taking back the land remains firm…”, Shivambu further said.
Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee criss-crossed the country two months back, seeking public consultations on amending section 25 of the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.