ANC must rectify past failures in land reform before expropriating land - DA

The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a proposal to set in motion a process to amend the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

The motion was brought by the EFF and was adopted with a vote of 241 in support, and 83 against.

Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Ruth Hall says the convergence between the EFF and the ANC is quite unprecedented.

However, she adds that we are likely to see some of a division in the coming months due to different meanings attached to the resolution.

Read: ANC may be forced to make quick concessions on land expropriation - analyst

The EFF is asking for expropriation of land across the board as a blanket rule, whereas the ANC has clearly said that expropriation of land without compensation is just one among a number of tools.

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

What we are likely to see between now and August when the Constitution Review Committee will be meeting to discuss this, these divisions are going to come out.

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

DA Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform, Thandeka Mbabama says the party does not believe that expropriation of land without compensation is the way to go at the moment.

She emphasises that the party is completely committed to redressing the history of land disposition in the past.

We recognise that unjust legacy left by this disposition of land.

Thandeka Mbabama, DA Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform

Mbabama says the ANC should try to correct the failures of the past 24 years in terms of land reform.

She says some farms, occupied by beneficiaries, are not in use because the government is not giving them sufficient support.

Government is also sitting on 4000 farms and that's besides state land... we believe they should start there and rectify, transfer the title deeds to the people...

Thandeka Mbabama, DA Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform

You will find that when they do that and give the title deeds to the people, there will not be a need for expropriation without compensation.

Thandeka Mbabama, DA Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform

According to Mbabama, the DA has 60% success rate in the Western Cape of the farms they have handed over to the people and have transferred about 75 000 title deeds in all the metros they govern.

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