‘Land not for state’s use’


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‘Pol­icy should be used to ben­e­fit those who had been his­tor­i­cally dis­pos­sessed.’

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu has said the govern­ing party didn’t want to ex­pro­pri­ate land with­out com­pen­sa­tion for it to be na­tion­alised. The EFF – the party that tabled the par­lia­men­tary mo­tion on the pol­icy ear­lier this year – holds that all land should be na­tion­alised and placed un­der the cus­to­di­an­ship of the state.

Briefing the me­dia yesterday on the work of the ANC par­lia­men­tary cau­cus for 2018, Mthembu said: “The ANC has never, never pushed for the nationalisation of land so that the state be­comes a cus­to­dian. It has never.

“We are say­ing, yes, let’s amend the con­sti­tu­tion so that there is clar­ity that, yes, ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion is a pos­si­bil­ity; is an op­tion. That is ba­si­cally what we are say­ing – it’s an op­tion among many op­tions.”

He said the ad hoc com­mit­tee, which would be es­tab­lished fol­low­ing a mo­tion passed by par­lia­ment on Thurs­day, would be tasked with draft­ing the amend­ment to sec­tion 25 of the con­sti­tu­tion to al­low for ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Ear­lier, Mthembu an­nounced that the ANC’s names for the ad hoc com­mit­tee are Thoko Didiza, Vin­cent Smith, Phumzile Mn­guni, Rosina Se­menya, Lindiwe Maseko, Nono Moloi, and Phumzile Ngwenya-Ma­bila.

“In fact, we will move, in the ad hoc com­mit­tee, in its first meet­ing, that Didiza chairs the ad hoc com­mit­tee,” said ANC chief whip.

“She is a ca­pa­ble lady who also has vast ex­pe­ri­ence in this area, hav­ing done some work in this area in the past.”

Mthembu re­it­er­ated that once the con­sti­tu­tion had been amended, land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion would be an op­tion, among sev­eral, to land re­form, say­ing: “We are not the EFF, there­fore, we don’t agree with the EFF that the state must have own­er­ship of the land.” He said the pol­icy should be used to ben­e­fit those who had been his­tor­i­cally dis­pos­sessed, who need the land the most and the emerg­ing farm­ers, among oth­ers.

“So, you need a mech­a­nism to give the land back to those that the land was taken from,” he said.

“You [the state] first have it, cause once you first have the land, you lo­cate it in your reg­is­ter as the state, [or other­wise] you might as well com­mit the very same mis­takes that were com­mit­ted by other coun­tries.

“You might give the land to your cronies. You might give the land to the well-con­nected. And there­fore, that is not the in­ten­tion of the ANC.”

The party’s in­ten­tion, added Mthembu, “is to ad­dress the orig­i­nal sin”, which was the his­tor­i­cal dis­pos­ses­sion of the land “and mak­ing of our peo­ple land­less”.

“That’s where we are. I think it’s a fight we will have with the EFF when we de­lib­er­ate on this mat­ter.

“But we can as­sure you that the ANC will not blink.”

It was re­ported on Tues­day af­ter par­lia­ment adopted a joint Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mit­tee re­port rec­om­mend­ing that sec­tion 25 be amended to ex­plic­itly pro­vide for land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion, that the EFF would not be will­ing to com­pro­mise on its first car­di­nal pil­lar, which is nationalisation of all land.

On Wed­nes­day, the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces also adopted the com­mit­tee’s re­port, which means a Bill may now be in­tro­duced. –

We are say­ing, yes, let us amend the con­sti­tu­tion

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