Battle for land reform set to intensify: EFF demands tangible change

Battle for land reform set to intensify: EFF demands tangible change

- This year will see the debate around land expropriation without compensation reaching new levels

- The EFF seems set to intensify the fight for reform, demanding more than just superficial changes

- Parliament is currently considering a rare Constitutional amendment and the Red Berets want tangible change

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have demanded more than just superficial changes in the journey towards land reform in South Africa.

In a statement released earlier last month, the political party insisted that:

“The EFF must object to any amendments to the Constitution that will not result in a fundamental restructuring of property rights in the country and entrench the status quo and produce only superficial changes." reported that the National Assembly has released the proposed bill for public comment, allowing for citizens to weigh in until the end of January.

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The EFF had condemned the lack of publicity given to what they are adamant is a historically vital change to the nation's Constitution.

IOL reports that, if successful, the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution would only be the 18th since 1996.

With the ANC on board since President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the head of the ruling party, support for reform is at an all-time high.

However, there are those who stand in firm opposition, including the Institute of Race Relations, which accused the parliamentary committee of disregarding 99.9% of the submissions written by South Africans on the changes.

Lobby group AfriForum has also attempted to stall the process, with attempts to interdict the committees failing.

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