Expropriation tops DA’s election drive
Pamphlet warns voters they could lose land, homes
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 the 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 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 EFF and ANC’s proposal.
“The EFF wants to deny ownership rights by ensuring that even if you own a house or a flat, the government will own it and you will have to rent it. This is not land reform.
“And (we) must stop the ANC and the EFF from opening the floodgates of expropriation,” reads the DA pamphlet.
The DA’s KwaZulu-Natal leader, Zwakele Mncwango, said their campaign started when the ANC conference took the resolution on land expropriation.
But the EFF’s deputy secretary, Hlengiwe HlopheMkhaliphi, accused the DA of peddling election propaganda.
She said her party, if it won the elections, would not take over people’s private houses.
The EFF was supported by the ANC in its bid to have section 25 of the constitution amended.
Hlophe-Mkhaliphi said the current property clause mostly protects white people, as they were dominating land ownership in the country.
“We are not planning to expropriate houses,” she said, adding that the EFF had proposed that the land on which a private house is built should in future be owned by the state, which would reduce the amount of the bonds that people owe 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…
“The land that the house is built on is going to be owned by the government.
“Currently, the property is quite expensive because you are also paying the bank for the land.
“If our proposal is adopted, you are going to own only the top structure, and not the land,” she added.
Hlophe-Mkhaliphi said MPs were crisscrossing the country to conduct public hearings
on land expropriation, with hearings expected to be held in Durban next month.
The DA has asked homeowners to sign a petition to protect their constitutional right to own property.
Mncwango said it was impractical for a person to own a home without owning the land.
“If you own a property you don’t only own 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 on which your house is built?”
Cope is the only predominantly black party in Parliament opposing the expropriation of land, with its leader Mosiuoa Lekota claiming that white people did not steal the land from black people, and that whites own land through negotiations that led to buying and selling agreements.
The EFF led a campaign to try to stop the DA from controlling the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, as punishment for the latter not voting for their expropriation proposal.
Political analyst Bheki Mngomezulu said the ANC and EFF proposals had not referred to houses being taken away from their owners.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa said expropriation would not be done in a manner that would be disruptive to the country.
“If you were to just take homeowners’ property, that would be disruptive, which is what the government is trying to avoid,” he pointed out.
The ANC could not be reached for comment.
How do you ask a bank for home loan if you don’t own the land?