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'Land restrictions won’t break the Constitution'

The ANC is looking to change the rules around land ownership.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the party will not break the Constitution when it tries to implement plans to prevent foreigners from owning land and South Africans owning a prescribed amount of land.

The ANC believes that there should be a ceiling on the amount of land any one person or company should be allowed to own.

Mantashe says, "The lekgotla has resolved that there should be a ceiling on land ownership and that is a maximum of 12,000 hectares of land or two farms for all legal persons."

He says the proposal will have to be tested to see if it can pass Constitutional muster.

The general secretary added that the party wants government to speed up land reform programmes.

Speaking on Wednesday following the ANC's policy lekgotla, Mantashe added that South Africans who attacked foreigners were actually being Afro-phobic rather than xenophobic.

He says people attacking the stores of foreign nationals are being Afro-phobic.

"People making a contribution to the economy shouldn't be treated as an enemy. Those people are making a contribution to the economy and they must be welcomed and assisted."

Mantashe says foreign people running the shops must integrate themselves into the communities in which they operate.

ESKOM POWER CRISIS

Mantashe said the ANC's national executive committee also told government to intervene urgently to help Eskom build its power stations more quickly.

He said the building of new power stations shouldn't just be left up to Eskom.

The ANC secretary general said government must make a meaningful impact on the electricity supply situation in the country.

"There must be a concerted effort to also connect renewable energy on the main grid."

Eskom on Wednesday implemented nationwide load shedding for a third consecutive day.