CAPE TOWN- The National Assembly on Tuesday set in motion a process to amend the Constitution, to allow the amendment of expropriation of land without compensation.
This is a big step, as the EFF brought the motion before parliament, the parliamentarians debated the matter and the vote proceeded with 241 in support, and 83 against.
The parties that did not support the motion were the DA, Freedom Front plus, COPE and the ACDP.
The next step will be to refer the matter to the Constitutional Review Committee which must report back to Parliament by August 30.
EFF wanted the matter to be looked at by an ad hoc committee, which had to report back to the National Assembly by the end of May, but the ANC suggested an amendment of the constitution.
The constitutional committee review will need public participation during its work before implementing changes.
Gugile Nkwinti, minister of rural affairs said of the monumental decision, “The ANC unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation.”
She added, “There is no doubt about it, land shall be expropriated without compensation.”
EFF leader Juluis Malema opened the debate with these words, he said, “The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice.”
DA MP Thandeka Mbabama said the wrongs of past must be addressed but land expropriation without compensation is not the answer.
ANC Deputy Minister of Rural Affairs and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha said, “You should not make the mistake that we want to oppress whites, we want to redress an historic injustice.”
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