Land audit still underway

Farming. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As ANC branches discuss land reform ahead of the party's national elective conference in December, the Land Reform Ministry said it was on track to finish its audit of state land by the end of the year.

The results of that survey could influence whether ANC delegates decide to expropriate land without compensation.

The Land Reformatory’s spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa said the survey was underway for a number of reasons.

This means ANC delegates are likely to have to make decisions about the land question at the Mangaung conference without knowing who owns how much land.

Meanwhile, Agri South Africa deputy president Theo de Jager said they were worried about how long the debate was taking.

“If farmers are not certain they’ll have the land, they’ll simply not embark on development projects”.

De Jager said they understood the debate needed to happen.

“As long as it takes into cognisance they need to produce and the fact that a farm is a business and needs investment.

The ANC’s annual policy conference in June resolved to use the current constitutional clauses that allow government to expropriate land with compensation.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)