South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday passed a motion brought by the radical left party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to carry out land expropriation without compensation, a key pillar of the ruling ANC government and new President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Very concerning news emanating from South Africa. The EFF’s white land confiscation bill just passed through parliament with 74% approval. Africans can now legally take white-owned land without compensation. #LandExpropriation https://t.co/p9vk5lyW9Y
— Defend Europa (@DefendEvropa) February 27, 2018
The motion, which would include a review of the constitution, was sponsored by leader of the EFF Julius Malema and was passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes in favour versus 83 votes against the proposal.
“We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land,” Malema told parliament while presenting the motion.
The African National Congress (ANC), amended the motion, but supported it, with its deputy chief whip, Dorries Eunice Dlakude saying the party “recognizes that the current policy instruments, including the willing-buyer willing-seller policy and other provisions of section 25 of the constitution may be hindering effective land reform.”
In his first state of the nation address two weeks ago, Ramaphosa made a direct appeal to poorer black voters – the core of the ANC’s electoral support base – saying he would aim to speed up the transfer of…