- The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has made a dramatic U-turn and now supports the EFF’s policy on land expropriation without compensation
- Last month Contralesa said expropriating land from traditional leaders would be neo-colonialism and that land owned by black people should not be expropriated
- The organisation’s secretary general said after discussions with the EFF it agreed that section 25 of the Constitution should be amended
The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has made a dramatic U-turn and is now backing Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) policy on land expropriation without compensation.
As late as last month the organisation was against plans to amend section 25 of the Constitution which would allow the government to expropriate land from owners without compensation. Contralesa general secretary Zolani Mkiva said taking land from black people would be paramount to neo-colonialism.
On Thursday leaders from the EFF and Contralesa held meetings to discuss the matter further and after the meeting, both groups held a joint media briefing. This follows initial meetings on 11 June.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Contralesa was so impressed with the EFF’s well developed and thought out policies about how land expropriation and what role traditional leaders would play in the management of land in the future.
Mkiva said his organisation was now in full agreement with the EFF that section 25 should be amended and all land should be placed under the guardianship of the government.
Citizen.co.za reported that Contralesa was impressed with the EFF’s apparent commitment to the role which traditional leaders had to play in South African society and with the party’s commitment to rural development going into next year’s election.
Mkiva said he believed that EFF shared his own vision which holds that tribal land should be treated differently to land which is owned by white people.
EFF deputy-leader Floyd Shivambu later seemed to contradict this statement when he said the EFF was committed to the idea that all the land in South Africa should be expropriated and be placed under the stewardship of the government.
Contralesa said it was looking to meet with other progressive partners ahead of the 2019 elections.
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