- Ronald Lamola has criticised the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance and Freedom Front Plus for voting against the land expropriation bill
- The ANC only achieved 204 of the 267 votes they needed for the 18th Amendment Bill to pass in Parliament
- The ruling party have vowed to continue their mission to achieve land expropriation in South Africa
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CAPE TOWN - Ronald Lamola, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, said that the DA, the EFF and the FF+ have proven that they are in agreement with one another where land reform is concerned. These parties all opposed the 18th Amendment Bill on land expropriation.
Lamola criticised these parties for voting the same way on the bill while giving the public the impression that they have different views when they campaign.
“When forces in the extreme left and extreme right converge against the people it is a counter-revolutionary. In this entanglement, the EFF the DA and the Freedom Front Plus pretend not to be in the same bed," Lamola said.
Why the 18th Amendment Bill vote failed
According to TimesLIVE, the ANC required 267 votes for the bill to successfully pass, but they only received 204 votes. This is partly due to only 200 ANC members attending the vote. The opposition parties received a combined vote of 145.
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Mathole Motshekga, a speaker for the ANC, likened the opposition parties who voted against the bill to an "unholy alliance" after he explained the importance of land expropriation in the South African context, SABC News reports.
Motshekga said that the ANC is committed to land reform and will explore how they can achieve this goal without the support of opposition parties, as the party feels that doing so will correct the injustices that African people suffered due to land dispossession.
Reactions to failed land reform vote
"I knew they were not going to approve it. Even e-toll is still a subject awaiting judgment."
"What about ANC MPs who were not in parliament to vote for the bill? Taking us for fools like always."
"Fake revolutionary..ANC must go ahead and claim the land."
"South African MPs are amazing some were absent delibarately especially MPs of the ruling party."
Land expropriation without compensation bill sinks after EFF and DA team up
Yesterday, Briefly News reported that the ANC failed to get its land expropriation bill passed through Parliament today after it failed to secure the two-thirds majority required to amend the Constitution.
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The EFF and the DA did not support the motion to pass the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution.
The ANC needed 267 votes to pass the bill and only 204 votes were cast in favour of the motion.
Source: Briefly News