Ex­pro­pri­a­tion tops DA’s elec­tion drive

Pam­phlet warns vot­ers they could lose land, homes

The Star Late Edition - - POLITICS - 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 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?

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