Land expropriation: 'ANC will push for a watered-down version of EFF demands'

AgriForum has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to explain the terms being proposed for land expropriation and how it will be implemented.

This follows Parliament's adoption on Tuesday of a motion tabled by the EFF to set in motion a process to amend the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Ruth Hall says it is not clear which land stands to be expropriated because the Constitution doesn't make a distinction whether it's urban or rural land.

We have a very broad framing on property in the Constitution.

Prof Ruth Hall, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

I think that a lot of people have a perception that it provides a blanket protection of private property and it does not do that. It provides a very clear mandate for transformation and redistribution...

Prof Ruth Hall, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

So expropriation has always been allowed since the Constitution was adopted in 1996 but government has chosen not to expropriate for the purposes of land reform but it certainly has been expropriating for other purposes.

Prof Ruth Hall, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

Hall says what we are experiencing now is a political realignment - where the EFF is exposing the ANC for its failures to advance land reform.

She says the seeming agreement between the ANC and EFF on Tuesday's motion was a false consensus.

The EFF is asking for the nationalisation of land - and that would include all categories of land, whereas the ANC has always been very clear...they are wanting expropriation of land without compensation as one option.

Prof Ruth Hall, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

In other words, she explains, the ANC is saying sometimes expropriation without compensation will be used, and sometimes the land will be bought.

She says the party is trying to find a way forward on a deeply divided land issue

There is no consensus on the land issue within the ANC

Prof Ruth Hall, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

She believes the ANC will push for a watered-down version of what the EFF are demanding.

Listen below to hear more analysis on the motion to expropriate land without compensation:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Land expropriation: 'ANC will push for a watered-down version of EFF demands'


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