Cope and AfriForum join forces to oppose government's land expropriation plan

Cope and AfriForum join forces to oppose government's land expropriation plan

- On Monday, Cope and AfriForum announced they would join forces to fight against the government’s plan to amend section 25 of the Constitution

- The organisations said they would be lobbying against land expropriation without compensation at various foreign embassies in the country

- Cope and AfriForum claim Parliament are trying to amend the Constitution without having a legitimate mandate from the South African electorate

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On Monday, the Congress of the People (Cope) and AfriForum announced they would join forces to fight against the ANC-led government’s plan to amend section 25 of the Constitution to enable land expropriation without compensation.

The parties claim that the ANC-led government and Parliament are trying to make profound amendments to the South African Constitution without a legal mandate from the South African electorate to do so.

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Cope and AfriForum said they would visit various foreign embassies in the country to lobby against the proposed land expropriation programme which the parties feel is a severe erosion of property rights which is currently guaranteed by the Constitution.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota and by AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel said they planned to intensify efforts to garner more international and local support in their fight to preserve the rights of property owners and to honour the 1994 settlement.

The parties announced their cooperation on the matter at a joint media conference which was held in Pretoria on Monday afternoon.

EWN.co.za reported that Lekota and Kriel rubbished suggestions that their fight against the government’s plan was in effect a way to defend apartheid and colonialism.

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Both men agreed that their fight was about protecting Nelson Mandela’s legacy from a ruling elite which aimed to split the country and its people along historical divisions and differences. They added that South African should not allow a populist alliance to further divide the country.

Meanwhile, News24.com reported that Lekota’s appearance at the media conference came as a surprise to the rest of his party.

Cope said in a statement that it had been unaware of its leader’s intention to join forces with AfriForum because he had not put it on the party’s meeting agenda.

Cope spokesperson Glacier Nkhwashu said Cope’s congress executive committee (CEC) was not aware of the media briefing because Lekota had through an unfortunate oversight not included it on the CEC meeting agenda.

Nkhwashu added that Lekota had already spoken to Cope general secretary Lyndall Shope-Mafole and explained that the matter had been in planning for a lengthy period of time and its omission from the meeting agenda was caused by tight scheduling.

Cope said while it was unsettled by the incident but accepted Lekota’s apology and explanation.

Lekota and Kriel said by joining forces they hoped to show that South Africans from different backgrounds, who hold opposing points of view and might have different political ideology could come together to solve problems concerning matters which are of common interest.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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