- In an SABC interview, the EFF leader stressed once again the importance of land reform
- He said his party would nationalise all land and appoint a people's land council to handle disputes
- He also says that 50% of all land will owned by women and young people, but his proposals have been met with some skepticism
The EFF's leader Julius Malema has elaborated on how land expropriation will work if his party comes to power.
In an interview with SABC, Malema said that land reform was the key issue that would change the lives for millions of poor South Africans, according to The South African.
The interview came after the EFF launched its election manifesto, which includes several radical proposals to nationalise land, up the minimum wage and shift all banks and financial institutions to majority black ownership within one year.
Additionally, Malema said the the EFF was committed to amending the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.
He also promised that half of all expropriated land would be given to women and young people. Malema also said that his party would put an end to all foreign ownership of South African land.
Importantly, he announced that land reform would be overseen by a "people'council". However, the EFF's manifesto says that the party's top brass will have final say over the council's decisions.
Malema said this council would settle all land disputes and would be represented by a land ombudsman.
He also said that a land court of at least 10 judges would be involved to resolve issues, adding that people would be encouraged to go to the land court if they were unhappy with the land reform process.
However, not everyone has been convinced by the proposal. Some economists have expressed concern over the nationalising of land, which would hand the land over to government control rather than individual ownership.
The proposal that the EFF leadership will have final control over the land council has also come under fire, with some saying that this would create opportunities for corruption.
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