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‘Smash and grab’ of land won’t happen in South Africa, says Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG — If you’re worried about the land debate in South Africa that’s currently raging on, it may be worth your time reading this story below. President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the biggest indication yet that land expropriation without compensation may be limited and controlled in nature in order to avoid economic chaos. Of course, the final decision rests with MPs in Parliament who are set to make a recommendation in August. – Gareth van Zyl

By Ana Monteiro

(Bloomberg) — The South African ruling party’s proposal to expropriate land without paying for it will be done responsibly and farming must continue as normal, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

“There will be no smash and grab” of land, he told lawmakers in the House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town Thursday.

On Dec. 20, the ruling African National Congress said expropriating land without compensation should be among mechanisms to effect land reform, as long as it doesn’t undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security.

The EFF are still threatening to colonise farms. More brilliant cartoon work available at jerm.co.za.

On Feb. 27, lawmakers agreed to the principle of seizure without pay, and parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee will report back to lawmakers on changes to section 25 of the Constitution by Aug. 30. The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party had proposed the motion to allow land seizures to the legislature, while the ANC sought amendments.

A November government land audit released in February showed that farms and agricultural holdings comprise 97 percent of the 121.9 million hectares of the nation’s area, and that whites own 72 percent of the 37 million hectares held by individuals, more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule.

Under the rule of European colonists, South Africa’s Natives Land Act of 1913 stripped most black people of their right to own property, a policy reinforced decades later by the National Party and its system of apartheid.

ANC’s Duarte Says S. Africa `Won’t Be Another Zimbabwe’ on Land

By Arabile Gumede
(Bloomberg) — Plans by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress for land reform won’t undermine the economy or curb food output, Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte said.
Jesse Duarte, deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress party (ANC), arrives for a news conference during the 54th national conference of the African National Congress party in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The leadership conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has accepted the credentials of the delegates, opening the way for the start of voting to choose the party’s top officials, according to five people familiar with the deliberations. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The country’s land reform policies “won’t be another Zimbabwe,” she told reporters in Johannesburg, referring to land policies of former President Robert Mugabe in South Africa’s northern neighbor.

Land reform must be conducted “in an orderly manner,” Secretary-General Ace Magashule said at the same conference. On Dec. 20, the ANC said expropriating land without compensation should be among mechanisms to effect land reform, as long as it doesn’t undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security.

The party’s proposal to expropriate land without paying for it will be done responsibly and farming must continue as normal, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday. “There will be no smash and grab” of land, he told lawmakers in the House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town

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