ANC has failed to re­dis­tribute SA land

The Herald (South Africa) - - Your Views -

The year 2019 will pro­vide a clear choice for South Africans.

They can vote for a party that has failed to trans­fer and re­dis­tribute land, or they can vote for a party that has a record of em­pow­er­ing peo­ple through own­er­ship.

The ANC and its pol­icy direc­torate, the EFF, are forg­ing ahead with their plans to fur­ther ex­pand their coali­tion of cor­rup­tion by equip­ping the state with enor­mous power to deprive cit­i­zens of own­er­ship.

The ANC has proven over the past 24 years that it is not equipped or will­ing to ef­fect real land re­form, rather us­ing its power to en­rich mem­bers and fur­ther ex­ploit com­mu­ni­ties wait­ing for the re­turn of their land.

SA re­quires a land pol­icy which will en­sure that black ben­e­fi­cia­ries of land re­form are em­pow­ered and sup­ported through ad­e­quate fund­ing, a ruth­less root­ing out of cor­rup­tion and the po­lit­i­cal will to im­ple­ment prop­erly.

Where the DA gov­erns it has pri­ori­tised ur­ban land re­form by cre­at­ing ti­tled home­own­ers out of nearly 100,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries, fa­cil­i­tated part­ner­ships, and pro­vided ad­e­quate sup­port and fund­ing for emerg­ing farm­ers.

Surely this is true eco­nomic free­dom and none of this would be achieved through ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

SA doesn’t have a con­sti­tu­tional prob­lem, we have an ANC prob­lem.

Even if the ANC and EFF are de­ter­mined to con­tinue on this mis­guided path, the con­sti­tu­tion will likely only be amended after the elec­tions.

As such, South Africans can send a clear mes­sage at the bal­lot box in 2019, to stop the ANC and EFF from cap­tur­ing a two-thirds ma­jor­ity, and vote for a party that can de­liver land re­form.

The DA will con­tinue to fight for the pro­tec­tion and ex­pan­sion of in­di­vid­ual prop­erty rights for all.

Than­deka Mbabama MP, DA mem­ber on the con­sti­tu­tional

re­view com­mit­tee and DA Team1SA spokesper­son on land

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