Ramaphosa: We’re going ahead with land expropriation without compensation - http://ctlive.info | cape town south africa vacationFebruary 19, 2018 10:22 am
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“We will accelerate our landredistributionprogramme not only to redress a gravehistorical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agriculturalsector and to make more landavailable for cultivation,” Ramaphosa said during his maiden State of the NationAddress in Parliament on Fridayevening.
The president said that the policy, which has been criticised by farmingindustrybodies, should be implemented in a way that “increases agriculturalproduction, improves food security”. He said the policywouldwork to ensure that the land is “returned to those from whom it was takenundercolonialism and apartheid”.
AgriSA previously argued that shouldSection25 of the Constitution be amended to allow for landexpropriationwithoutcompensation, financialmarketswould divest from the country and investorconfidence in SAwould be shattered.
“We challenge the ANC to explain to SouthAfricans how the proposedamendment of the Constitutionwouldenhanceproduction or successfuldevelopment of new farmers,” said the organisation in the wake of the ANCconference in December.
The DA, meanwhile, argued after the ANCconference that the stateshould look to why most landreformprojects in its care had failed, root out “massive corruption and mismanagement” and provide the poor with title deeds, instead of trying to amend the constitution.