- The leader of the IFP, Mangosuthu Buthelezi spoke in KZN this weekend on land expropriation without compensation and issued a stern warning
- He maintained that whilst the IFP supported the motion, every effort should be taken to prevent the breakdown of social cohesion in the country
- Buthelezi also said that every effort should be made to ensure foreign investment in the country is supported by the new laws
Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, issued a stern warning that should land expropriation without compensation be mishandled it would reopen old wounds for the country and diminish social cohesion as well as the prospect of future investment.
The IFP leader said that while he supports land expropriation he found it problematic to take land without compensation.
Speaking at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, KZN on Saturday he expressed his deep concerns as to where expropriation without compensation would lead South Africa. He maintained that every effort should be taking to ensure foreign investment in the country is not discouraged.
"If I put myself in the feet of an investor in Europe or America, and I’m asked to go to a country where there’s expropriation without compensation… unless I need my head read, I would not go there,” he explained.
He maintained that whilst the IFP is not breaking ranks on the issue, the country should tread carefully.
This follows National Assembly passing the motion to establish an ad hoc committee to draft the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.
The motion had been passed with 183 MPs voting for and 77 voting against the motion, with no one abstaining.
The committee will consist of 11 voting members from the National Assembly, 6 from the ANC, 2 from the DA, 1 from the EFF and 2 from other smaller parties.
It will also have 14 non-voting members, contributing 2 from the ANC, 1 from the DA, 1 from the EFF as well as 10 from other parties.
Thoko Didiza will be chairing the committee and a March 2019 deadline has been set for the committee to complete its work.
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