Zuma's 'radical' land reform is opportunistic - political analyst

Political analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni, says President Jacob Zuma's differening stance on the land issue than that of his party, the African National Congress (ANC), shows divisions within the ruling party.

The ANC's policy documents for its policy conference in June were launched for discussion on Saturday.

Among other things, it highlights the importance of land redistribution but says nothing about making amendments to the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation as Zuma has proposed in his public speeches.

It's an indicator of divisions within the ANC. It is also rather opportunistic in a sense because a president who has been in the same position for almost 10 years, this radical appetite ought to have been there since the beginning, not when he is at the waiting room to exit.

Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

The ANC also proposed modernising its membership system and allowing more communication between members.

I think it's a distinctive departure from the past, but it is necessitated by the current reality, where the ANC has not been able to to impose its discipline consistently and people started campaigning nonetheless.

Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Listen to the audio below for more analysis on ANC's policy documents...


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