Ace Magashule: Land expropriation without compensation wasn't an issue when apartheid government did it

Ace Magashule: Land expropriation without compensation wasn't an issue when apartheid government did it

- The ANC announces it will have an internal workshop to debate the land issue

- Ace Magashule, the party's secretary general, says there's no need to panig about the land

- From April, the public will have its chance to say whether the Constitution should be amended or not to expropriate land without compensation

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On Sunday, Ace Magashule, the ANC secretary general, announced the ruling party will have an internal workshop about the land question, as well as a summit that will include "almost everybody", calling on people not to panic about the land issue.

He said there's no reason to panic while reporting back on the party's national executive committee meeting, which was held at the weekend.

Accoding to a report by News24, Jacob Zuma also attended the meeting.

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Magashule said in South Africa, land has been expropriated without compensation several times. He said there wasn't a problem when the apartheid government did it.

At the same time, the secretary general confirmed the ANC's internal workshop on land will be held late in April and it will include the party's structures and its alliance partners.

After this, the summit will be held: "We will engage almost everybody, including international stakeholders."

Public set to have its say too

Magashule's announcement comes shortly after Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee set out its programme for public participation in reviewing whether Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended to explicitly allow expropriation without compensation.

In February, the committee was tasked by the National Assembly to look into amending the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation. This came after the ANC supported an amended EFF motion on expropriation without compensation.

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In the beginning of April, the committee will publish advertisements for oral and written submissions from the public.

Committee co-chairperson, Vincent Smith, said the public will have a month to respond.

Smit said in May, the committee will split in two. One group will visit each of the inland provinces, and the other each of the coastal provinces.

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