- The ANC has warned that land expropriation doesn’t mean everyone in South Africa will be entitled to free land
- ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola said legislation would determine how expropriated land was distributed and cautioned people not to expect to receive land for free
- Lamola said the ANC-led government was not nationalising land but distributing land to those who would use it
The African National Congress (ANC) has moved swiftly to warn South Africans not to expect to receive free land from the government after the Constitution is amended and land expropriation without compensation becomes law.
ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Advocate Ronald Lamola said it was a complete fallacy that land would suddenly become free once the Constitution had been amended.
Lamola said the ANC-led government was not looking to nationalise land but would distribute land to those South Africans who would use it. He said legislation would still be drafted to determine how land would be distributed.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Lamola said if the government gave someone a piece of land, a farm or a social development home they would receive the title deed to that home.
He said if the government embarked on an EFF-type strategy to nationalise all land in South Africa it would in effect be subjecting black land-owners to land dispossession once again.
Citizen.co.za reported that Lamola said the government could not nationalise houses or plots of land.
Lamola said the state could not afford to give land which it controlled to South Africans for free because that would lead to legal action which had the potential to cost billions and further delay the process.
On Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa sensationally announced that the ANC had decided it would seek to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Ramaphosa said it had become obvious that the majority of South Africans wanted greater clarity from the Constitution on the issue of land reform. He said the ANC would through Parliamentary processes draft a proposal which would bring clarity and focus to the wording of the Constitution.
The announcement caused the rand to take a dive against all the major international currency’s and raises the possibility of more crippling fuel price increases which will, in turn, lead to higher food and basic goods prices.
This could have severe consequences on millions of already under-pressure South Africans households who are struggling to make ends meet.
The ruling party has once again remained vague about the exact details of how land reform will be handled and some critics have called the announcement nothing more than an attempt to nullify the voice of the EFF in the lead up to the 2019 general election.
The ANC also announced plans which would prevent employers from demanding prospective work seekers should have experience in certain circumstances. This plan is seen as striking a core policy of the EFF.
The DA has slammed the ANC’s decision and said land reform could be achieved within the bounds of the Constitution if corruption was eliminated from the process. The party said in every other country where such a policy had been implemented the economy had imploded or at the very least suffered a devastating blow.
The ANC said it was undergoing a fascinating internal debate on how best to implement the new policy and how to best word the new Act.
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