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Lamola calls for aggressive land expropriation

It is in the interests of both white and black South Africans, that the land question be dealt with quickly.

ANCYL's Ronald Lamola

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa needs an expropriation act that is "more forceful than a war", ANC Youth League (ANCYL) Deputy President Ronald Lamola said on Wednesday.

It is in the interests of both white and black South Africans that the land question be dealt with quickly, he added.

The League will also ask the ANC's Policy Conference to change the Constitution, to allow expropriated without compensation.

Lamola said change is needed now.

"We need an act that will be more forceful than a war."

In 2008, Cabinet approved a bill that would speed up its land reform programme.

It was aimed at transferring 30 percent of farmland to black people by 2014.

The existing land expropriation act, failed to make any significant inroads in land redistribution.

The willing-buyer, willing-seller arrangement has also be called into question, with many describing it as a failure.

White farmers argue that government wants to buy their prime land at reduced market prices.