Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

ANC claims 'moral victory' after EFF's motion on land is passed

ANC claims 'moral victory' after EFF's motion on land is passed

The motion was brought by the radical Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party and was widely supported by the ruling African National Congress, which controls nearly two-thirds of the parliament.

In Parliament on Tuesday, 241 MPs voted in favour of the motion while 81 voted against it.

There was an early indication on Tuesday that the ANC caucus would adopt the resolution - and essentially make sure that it would pass - when the ANC national executive member Tony Yengeni tweeted that the governing party would support the motion. "We are talking land expropriation without compensation only to the land that is owned by the state".

Gugile Nkwinti, who was minister of rural affairs and land reform until Monday evening (now minister of water affairs), said: "The ANC unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation". The matter will now be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee, which must report back to parliament with a plan by August 30.

"All our people ever wanted is their land to which their dignity is rooted and founded‚" he said.

The ANC conference, however, stressed that land expropriation without compensation should be pursued without destabilizing the agricultural sector, endangering food security in the country, or undermining economic growth and job creation. She said that the government needed to right that wrong, but then said: "Expropriation of land without compensation can not be a part of the solution".

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will only vote with the African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro if they put forward Mcebisi Jonas or someone similar in character as a mayoral candidate.

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On Monday, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said: "The DA will not be supporting this motion".

The ANC backed the EFF's planned motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma only for Zuma to resign as president.

The official opposition Democratic Alliance party (DA) opposed the motion, arguing that changes to Section 25 will undermine property rights and scare off potential investors.

"The ANC in Parliament appreciates the need to take bold steps that will transform our economy including land ownership and reform", Mhlauli said.

"The fact is that financial institutions are substantially invested in the sector and that expropriation without compensation will also impact negatively on the banking sector".

"And if they decide to collapse coalitions then the DA should be able to use that and explain that it is the EFF that is duplicitous and collapsing coalitions for its own ends rather than the needs of the people".

Land expropriations would trigger legal challenges, said Ralph Mathekga, an independent political analyst.

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