JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Saturday said the ruling party emerged victorious from its policy conference this week, at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg.
The conference closed on Friday, after the party’s branches, leagues, alliances and business people discussed and debated various policy papers, including those on land reform and the nationalisation of mines.
The ANC at its conference announced that it would abandon its “willing seller, willing buyer" policy for land restitution.
Its new policy will be based on section 25 of the Constitution, which states that expropriation of land must be accompanied by fair and equitable compensation.
The expropriation of land is however only allowed by the Constitution if it is in the public interest or done for a public purpose.
ANCYL spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said the party's detractors, who continue to write about its impending demise, must be disappointed.
“We’re happy that we have resolved, as the ANC, on the nationalisation of mines. The ANC is now considering and resolved on expropriation of land, without compensation, where land has been acquired through unlawful means.
“Overall, I think we’re on-course to ensure that we realise the aspirations of our people, as captured in the Freedom Charter.”
In a bid to address the forced removal of people from land through the Land Act of 1913 and during apartheid, the ANC government set-up a land reform programme in 1998.
It has however suffered from critical backlogs.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)