Land issue causes a division between the EFF and the DA

Land issue causes a division between the EFF and the DA

-EFF and DA have conflicting view on Ramaphosa’s policy regarding land rights and payouts thereof

-Malema goes on to warn Maimane that their political relationship is at stake

-Sating that he had made clear that the strength of their alliance in metropolitan municipalities, was dependent on their view of the new policy for land rights and payouts

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EFF and DA go against one another in parliament when government's plans to expropriate land without compensation.

During the parliamentary debate, on Monday morning, discussing President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address‚ which he delivered on Friday night, Malema and Maimane broke into disagreement over land rights.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane suggested that expropriation of land without compensation was against the rights to private property ownership and therefore was not fair‚ however EFF leader Julius Malema did not agree with Maimane's view and stated that it could put their municipal cooperation relationship in the deep waters.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that government was to be implementing the policy of land expropriation without compensation, this year.

“We can speed up land reform by rooting out corruption and inefficiency. We can have a thriving‚ growing‚ diverse agricultural sector whose wonderful produce fills the shelves all over the world‚” said Maimane.

“But we absolutely cannot have this if farmers do not know if or when their land will be taken from them without any compensation. Expropriation of land without compensation is incompatible with a growing‚ flourishing economy. You can have one or the other‚ but never both.”

Malema was not pleased with Maimane’s strong response and took an aggravated stand by warning that the DA’s opinions on land rights and payouts could cause tremendous harm to their alliance in various metro municipalities.

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Malema forcefully stated that he had warned Maimane‚ the leader of the DA‚ that their positions in the metropolitan municipalities were dependent on their attitude towards the expropriation of land without compensation policy.

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