- President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed that he wants the issue of land restitution sped-up and finalised
- Ramaphosa asked opposition parties to discuss the matter and come to the same conclusion as his party so that the matter can be addressed quickly
- The EFF shared that it supports expropriation of land without compensation but not in its current form
President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly wants the issue of land restitution and redistribution to be addressed quickly. The president has shared that the matter needs a conclusion and has asked opposition parties to "find each other" so that the issue of expropriation without compensation can be finalised.
"The discussions in my view, needs some conclusion and we're hoping that the various parties will be able to find each other on the parliamentary level and finalise a position on how to move forward," Ramaphosa said, according to EWN.
Ramaphosa was reacting to the EFF's position on the matter. The publication said plans to push through legislation allowing for expropriation without compensation suffered a setback this week after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it supports expropriation without compensation but not in its current form.
Bloomberg News reports that the EFF expressed that proposals put forward by the ruling party "don't go far enough". The news outlet said the DA and other smaller parties are also opposing any constitutional changes that require the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers, a majority the ANC needs.
Warning to disobedient ANC members
“The ANC has drawn a line in the sand. The line stands,” said Ramaphosa, during a virtual address at the ANC’s 9th Northern Cape provincial conference.
Ramaphosa's address focused on the party's five priorities for 2021. These are combating the Covi-19 pandemic, economic recovery, organisational renewal, strengthening local government as well as building a better Africa.
Ramaphosa calls Magashule out
In other news, Briefly News reported that African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has been called out by President Cyril Ramaphosa due to his suspension for failing to provide adequate reasons for his 2unlawful' and 'purported suspension' and for basing it on an 'ill-informed distortion of the truth'.
The president reiterated that there was no structure in the ruling party that had proposed any unlawful conduct that was related to his campaign to become president of the ANC back in 2017, say reports.
Ramaphosa said in his signed and sworn answering affidavit to Magashule's court application that the SG can only suspend members if their temporary suspension was in the interest of the ruling party.
A report by News24 stated that Ramaphosa said the reason the matter made its way to court is that the Public Protector had 'unlawfully' investigated the controversial CR17 campaign that many have queried in the past few years.
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