Min­is­ter in­sists land re­form is on the cards

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

MIN­IS­TER of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form Maite Nkoana- Masha­bane has in­sisted that the gov­ern­ment will push through with the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion – as black peo­ple owned just 4% of the land.

This is de­spite a warn­ing from other po­lit­i­cal par­ties that this would ruin the econ­omy and de­tract for­eign in­vestors.

Nkoana- Masha­bane said yes­ter­day dur­ing her bud­get vote de­bate in the Na­tional As­sem­bly that Par­lia­ment would con­tinue with its process to de­ter­mine if the con­sti­tu­tion would be amended to al­low for this.

She said the ANC was in­tent with its res­o­lu­tion, adopted at the na­tional con­fer­ence in Nas­rec in De­cem­ber, as most of the land was in the hands of white peo­ple.

She said the au­dit done by the depart­ment last year found that black peo­ple, who formed the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion, owned a tiny pro­por­tion of the land. But Than­deka Mbabama of the DA said the ANC was not in­ter­ested in deal­ing with land re­form as it spent R2.9bn on VIP pro­tec­tion for ministers and deputy ministers and just R2.7bn on land re­form.

Sam Ma­ti­ase of the EFF said the fact that the Con­sti­tu­tional Court re­ferred the resti­tu­tion of land rights bill back to Par­lia­ment for cor­rec­tion showed that the gov­ern­ment had failed in some of the key ar­eas of land re­form.

PIC­TURE: AYANDA NDAMANE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with Elsies River res­i­dents on Thurs­day night at the Leon­dale Civic Cen­tre.

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