Land expropriation: MPs vote to amend Bill of Rights for 1st time ever

I’m not surprised in the least… The Bill of Rights has not been changed... Our Constitution already allows for expropriation… what we saw today was a bit of a fake consensus…

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

The National Assembly has passed a report calling for a change in the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

It’s the first time in democratic South Africa that Members of Parliament (MPs) have agreed to amend the Bill of Rights.

Two hundred and one MPs voted in favour of the amendment and 91 opposed it.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Professor Ruth Hall, a researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

One possible scenario… we might end up in a stalemate position…

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

The EFF says all land should be nationalised… it’s entirely different from the ANC’s position… It’s the appearance of an agreement…

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

The markets are not worried about this… Everybody knows nothing dramatic is going to happen before the elections next year.

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

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