‘You’ll lose your land and house’

The Mercury - - NEWS - Bongani Hans

THE DA is go­ing full steam ahead with its campaign to warn vot­ers that they will lose their land and homes if they al­low the ANC and EFF to amend the con­sti­tu­tion to en­able land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

The warn­ing is part of the DA’s bid to win next year’s gen­eral elec­tions.

The campaign is in re­sponse to the ANC’s Nas­rec con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion to amend the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion to ex­pro­pri­ate land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

The main op­po­si­tion party also said the EFF wanted the con­sti­tu­tion amended so that “even if you own a house or a flat the gov­ern­ment will own it, and you will have to rent it”.

The party has dis­trib­uted pam­phlets around KwaZu­luNatal warn­ing home­own­ers against the pro­pos­als.

“We must stop the ANC and EFF from open­ing the flood­gates of ex­pro­pri­a­tion,” the pam­phlet reads.

DA pro­vin­cial leader Zwakele Mncwango said the campaign started when the ANC con­fer­ence took the res­o­lu­tion on land ex­pro­pri­a­tion.

How­ever, EFF deputy sec­re­tary Hlengiwe Hlophe-Mkhaliphi ac­cused the DA of ped­dling elec­tion pro­pa­ganda. She said her party, if it won the elec­tions, would not take over peo­ple’s pri­vate houses.

Hlophe-Mkhaliphi said the cur­rent prop­erty clause mostly pro­tected white peo­ple as they dom­i­nated land own­er­ship.

“We are not plan­ning to ex­pro­pri­ate houses,” she said.

She said the EFF had proposed that the land on which a pri­vate house was built should in fu­ture be owned by the state, which would re­duce bonds that peo­ple owed to the banks.

“You are go­ing to tell the bank to cat­e­gorise the money that you are owing and re­move the part of the por­tion you are pay­ing for the land, which will have been ex­pro­pri­ated, and there­fore the house is go­ing to be cheaper.

“If our pro­posal is adopted you are only go­ing to own the top struc­ture, and not the land,” she said.

She added that Par­lia­ment was criss-cross­ing the coun­try con­duct­ing pub­lic hear­ings on land ex­pro­pri­a­tion, with hear­ings ex­pected to be held in Dur­ban next month.

Mncwango said it was im­prac­ti­cal for a per­son to own a home with­out own­ing the land.

“If you own a prop­erty you don’t own only a house be­cause the prop­erty value is counted ac­cord­ing to the size of your plot, which is the land.

“How do you go to the bank to ask for a loan if you don’t own the plot where your house is built?” asked Mncwango.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Bheki Mn­gomezulu said the pro­pos­als had not re­ferred to houses be­ing taken away from their own­ers.

“If you did that it would be dis­rup­tive, which is what the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to avoid,” he said.

The ANC could not be reached for com­ment.

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