- The motion on land expropriation without compensation was voted on in the National Assembly today
- The motion was passed with 241 votes in favour and 83 against
- It will not be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee which will report back to Parliament on 30 August 2018
The National Assembly convened today to debate the motion of land expropriation without compensation. The motion was brought by Julius Malema, leader of the EFF.
The motion was adopted with 241 votes in support and 83 against. The parties who voted against the motion were the DA, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and the ACDP.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Constitutional Review Committee will report back to Parliament by 30 August 2018 according to news24.com.
Originally the EFF had called for an ad hoc committee to discuss the issue and report back the National Assembly by the end of May.
The ANC proposed an amendment which the EFF surprisingly supported.
The public will have a chance to participate when the Constitutional Review Committee begins working on the motion.
Malema said that the time for reconciliation over and that now it was the time for justice. He did not seek vengeance against white people but a restoration of black people's dignity which was tied to the land.
DA MP Thandeka Mbabama said that the ANC was using the populist idea to divert attention from the party's failure to adequately manage land reform.
"If you continue on this course, I can assure you there is going to be unforeseen consequences that is not in the interest of South Africa," the leader of the Freedom Front, Plus Pieter Groenewald warned.
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said there "is a danger that those who think equality in our lifetime equates that we must dominate whites".