“Every land in South Africa should be expropriated without compensation and it will be under the state. The state should be the custodian of the land.”
“No one is going to lose his or her house, no one is going to lose his or her flat, no one is going to lose his or her factory or industry. All [that] we are saying is they will not have the ownership of the land.”
“They will have a lease, depending on what the arrangement is, particularly as it relates to the outcome of the Constitutional review process.
“You’ll see, once we find land is owned by the state, we’re going to find a lot of idle land which is not being used for any purpose. And that land should then immediately be made available to be used, particularly by the previously disadvantaged people.”
~ CIC Julius Malema
A National Assembly resolution allowing land expropriation without compensation will now be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee which must report back to Parliament by August 30.
The National Assembly on Tuesday passed the ANC amendment to the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) motion for land expropriation without compensation.
The ANC’s amendment, which was accepted by the House, inserts a clause about improving food security.
The motion passed by 241 votes to 63, with the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus, Cope and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) opposing it.
Freedom Front leader Pieter Groenewald asked what would happen to the land once it was expropriated.
The DA earlier rejected both the motion and the amendment, saying any change to the Constitution in this regard would be a recipe for disaster in South Africa.
DA Spokesperson on Land, Thandeka Mmabola, voiced her party’s objections. “The expropriation of land without compensation cannot be a solution. Expropriation without compensation cannot be a solution. Only few months ago, the members on the right side of the house agreed with this position when the EFF raised its previous motion to expropriate without compensation. Today they are back-tracking.”
EFF leader Julius Malema earlier said his party’s motion to provide for the expropriation of land without compensation was not about revenge.
Introducing the motion for debate in the National Assembly, Malema said the provisions of the constitution allowed for amendments to be made in order to address the thorny issue of land ownership.
“We want to say to the ANC, ‘this is an opportune moment since you have agreed to your conference to amend the constitution.’ Anyone who says we can expropriate land without compensation without amending the constitution, that person is misleading us. Because if that was the case, the ANC would have long expropriated this land without compensation. So, we need to amend this constitution and we must amend this constitution unashamedly.” (SABC)
Debate on issue of land will not progress as long as false narratives dominate the discussion
Remarks that white people stole the land in South Africa must be stopped seeing as the debate on land will not progress as long as false and divisive narratives dominate the discussion. These statements must come to an end before the land issue can be debated in a responsible and fruitful manner.
There are numerous versions of history. I would like to quote what Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said with regard to this issue at the inauguration of the Nkome/Bloedrivier monument on 16 December 1998.
“In 1991, even before excuses were at the order of the day, I wanted to apologise to the Afrikaner nation on behalf of the Zulu nation for what happened to Piet Retief and the Voortrekkers and for the actions of my ancestors that caused them pain and suffering.”
I want to tell Prince Buthelezi that the Afrikaner accepts this apology. It is high time that the young people of this country learn a thing or two about history from a senior statesman with integrity.
The question of what the government wants to do with the land that they intend to expropriate without compensation remains. What will happen to that land?
We know that they are referring to land owned by white people here. Everyone keeps saying that the white people must give back the land. Landowners also need to realise that this applies to all land, not just agricultural land – so if you own a house in a town or a city, this will affect you too.
I want to ask this question again: what will the expropriated land be used for? If it is for farming and to stimulate agriculture, then I can honestly say that the ANC is the reason why land reform failed in South Africa. That is also why the issue has not been properly addressed.
If we thus continue along the path of land expropriation without compensation, we are bound to run into some unforeseen consequences. The FF Plus does not support this motion of land expropriation without compensation.
People need to wake up to the fact that the ANC’s plan to expropriate land without compensation is a reality
The people of South Africa need to wake up and realise that the ANC and its opposition partners’ plan to expropriate land without compensation is a hard reality. And once the gate of changing the Constitution has been opened, it will be impossible to close it again.
The amendments that the ANC made earlier today to the EFF’s motion to amend the Constitution so as to allow for expropriation without compensation are ominous and raises serious questions about any form of private ownership of any property in South Africa.
Amongst other things, it was asserted that the principle of willing buyer/willing seller is a hindrance to land reform and that President Cyril Ramaphosa will use every mechanism at the State’s disposal to carry through his plan of land expropriation without compensation.
All landowners in South Africa must take careful note of what happened in Parliament today. There are a lot of gullible people that think that this process will not be carried through seeing as President Ramaphosa said that the economy and food security may not be compromised in the process.
But today I am telling every person in the country that the ANC and its opposition partners will amend the Constitution in this regard. They have a two thirds majority and once the Constitution has been amended, your property can lawfully be taken away from you without compensation.
I want to reiterate the fact that this applies to all property. Whether it is a farm or a house in a town or a city. Landowners must realise that this process is analogous to the proverbial example of the frog that is put in a pot of lukewarm water which is then gradually heated until the unsuspecting frog cooks to death.
Property and private ownership of property form the cornerstone of an economy and serve to build that economy, but the ANC won’t allow it. The time has come for the people that are serious about their property to raise their voices in protest.
The time has also come for people to set aside their disinterest and apathy when it comes to politics in South Africa for the sake of their own survival. You can’t say that you’re done with the politics in this country, because the politics will never be done with you.
The FF Plus will never support such a motion and we will oppose it in all possible ways.
~ FF Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, Parliament – 27 February 2018