South African parliament votes to seize white-owned land


The party wants an ad-hoc committee to review and amend Section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible for the government to expropriate land.

In a stunning reparations effort, the South African parliament voted to seize all of the country's White-owned land.

The vote will now be studied by the nation's Constitutional Review Committee which must report back with its recommendation by August 30.

"But we absolutely can not have this if farmers do not know if or when their land will be taken from them without any compensation".

The EFF is now preparing to put forward a motion of no confidence in the current Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip, following the DA's refusal to vote for the amendment of the Constitution.

Notably, the ANC's policy on land expropriation without compensation comes with several caveats, chief among them being that the process can not harm the economy of food security in the country.

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The ruling African National Congress also supported Tuesday's motion, but with the provision that land seizures can not hurt agricultural production, economic stability or political stability - a fairly large and vague loophole, analysts say. "Now is the time for justice", Malema, president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), said in his embrace of the seizure of land, according to News 24.

More than two decades after white-minority rule ended in South Africa, most of its profitable farms and estates are still owned by white people, and about 95 percent of the country's wealth is in the hands of 10 percent of the population.

Ernst Roets, deputy chief executive of civil rights group Afriforum, insisted that the motion was a violation of the 1994 agreement, in which minority interests would be protected post-apartheid, Daily Mail reports.

Cope's leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, who has questioned the expropriation of land without compensation, to the dismay of the EFF and the ANC, said the taking of anybody's property was out of the question for his party. "There is no doubt about it, land shall be expropriated without compensation". President Ramaphosa has said that he would consult financial institutions on land reform.

This was also when he proposed to the National Assembly to set up the multiparty committee in order to investigate the possibility of land expropriation without compensation.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) rejected the motion and rejected the entire notion that black people had been unfairly dispossessed at all in the past.