The DA said it felt the ruling party was rushing through the land reform policy process so soon after the bill was passed in parliament.
The DA said in a statement on Sunday, 9 December 2018, that the ANC’s approach to the land question is based more on politics than social justice.
“The ANC’s fake concern with land reform intensifies greatly with every election cycle,” said the DA’s spokesperson on Land, Thandeka Mbabama. Mbabama felt that ruling party was moving too quickly with the process.
“Rushing these kinds of amendments will only offer a disservice to South Africans, as such a bill has far-ranging consequences and all decisions related to it need to be made with care and consideration,” she said.
According to the DA, the ruling party’s approach to the matter was not justified. “The process of changing Section 25 of the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation is still ongoing and there is no objective reason why the process should be rushed or why the Sixth Parliament cannot consider the proposed constitutional amendments before this bill is passed,” she said.
“This is pure political expedience,” Mbabama said. The official opposition acknowledged the historical significance, but felt that changing the constitution was unnecessary to redress land ownership inequality. According to a statement from the presidency, the advisory panel on land met in Boksburg for a colloquium that started on Friday, 7 December 2018 and ended on Saturday, 8 December 2018.
“The Colloquium was attended by close to 200 delegates from across the public sector (including parliamentarians), private sector, civil society, academia, and other concerned citizens,” the presidency said in the statement.
All parties were focused on “framing discussion papers towards formulating policy proposals.”The presidency wrote that the group acknowledged a number of issues in the data gathering approach in the land reform process. One or these issues was the fact that “Land Reform Policies will not be effective without effective and efficient Land Administration Framework and Land Governance Systems.”