The ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution is a mandate for radical transformation both of society and the economy.
A proper reading of the Constitution on the property clause enables the state to effect expropriation of land with just and equitable compensation and also expropriation without compensation in the public interest.
It has become patently clear that our people want the Constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation, as demonstrated in the public hearings.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes Tuesday night’s reckless and irresponsible announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that
the ANC has resolved to expropriate land without compensation and
will amend the Constitution to give effect to such.
The civil rights organisation AfriForum believes Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa, the government and the ruling ANC should seriously reconsider their policy with regard to the expropriation of private property, especially in the light of the warning that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued yesterday (Tuesday 31 July 2018) in this regard. The IMF stated that it is optimistic about South Africa’ economic prospects under Pres. Ramaphosa but warned however that the current land debate is creating uncertainty about property rights, which could entail negative effects for the economy.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that the ANC would support an amendment to a section of South Africa’s Constitution to “explicitly” expropriate land without compensation.
On Monday, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule told journalists Ramaphosa brought up the emotive issue of land during his political report and that there were things the ANC government could “implement immediately”.
The ANC resolved to expropriate land without compensation at its watershed national elective conference in December, which it followed up in February when it supported an EFF motion to expropriate without compensation in the National Assembly.
The governing party also held a land summit in May where it decided there was no need to amend the Constitution. Instead, it opted to test current legislation. This, the party explained, was because many believed Section 25 in its current form allowed expropriation of land without compensation.
The party’s land summit had also decided that land expropriation without compensation could also go ahead, adding that certain national departments such as public works, basic education and human settlements already had the power to expropriate land without compensation.
Ramaphosa’s announcement comes as Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee’s public hearings reach finality. The hearings have been held to establish whether there is a need to amend Section 25 of the Constitution.
The committee, which has been hearing the public’s views on the matter, is currently in the Western Cape – the last province it intends to visit – before sorting through the various views on the issue.
South Africa’s current economic situation was also discussed at the lekgotla, with the hope of developing a stimulus package that would spark economic growth.
Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
31 July 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes tonight’s reckless and irresponsible announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the ANC has resolved to expropriate land without compensation and will amend the Constitution to give effect to such.
It is quite remarkable that on a day that has seen unemployment rise again to levels of a humanitarian crisis – the highest in 15 years – the ANC has decided to ramp up its efforts to undermine economic growth and job creation and play Russian roulette with the economic future of SA. This move will only serve to fuel the jobs crisis it has single-handedly created.
Successful land reform doesn’t require amending the Constitution. It requires government action. It requires eradicating corruption. And it requires economic certainty. The ANC – and President Ramaphosa – have failed in this and have failed the people of South Africa.
In countries where such reckless and populist policies have been implemented, their economies have suffered, and unemployment and poverty has skyrocketed. It appears the ANC is desperate to follow suit, and see our economy face another credit rating downgrade.
We will oppose this move in Parliament with all our might. We support land reform that makes South Africans owners and participants in a growing, thriving economy. We will never support a land policy that takes economic power away from South Africans and hands it to a corrupt government.
Our demand is for change that accelerates land reform, by ensuring more South Africans are owners of property as individuals. This is how the nation will prosper and how jobs will be created.
This ANC government is not capable of managing the real problems South Africa faces. Nor is its able to build a modern, successful and competitive economy that creates jobs. Instead it has resorted to failed policies that belong in dictatorships of failed states.
A true “stimulus package” ought to include actual reform that sees cuts to the bloated cabinet, and governance and structure reforms to State Owned Entities (SOEs).
Tonight’s announcement by the President confirms that no matter who leads it, the ANC is the same old party. The party has run out of ideas and continues to put itself first and the South African people last.