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AgriSA: ANC land expropriation plan an economic time bomb

The ANC’s 54th national conference resolved to amend the Constitution to pave the way for land to be expropriated without compensation.

Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by new Treasurer General Paul Mashatile on a walkabout at the party’s national conference in Nasrec on Monday 19 December 2017. Picture: Twitter/@MYANC

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress’ (ANC) resolution to speed up land reform has been roundly criticised.
AgriSA has described land expropriation without compensation as an economic time bomb.

The ANC’s 54th national conference resolved to amend the Constitution to pave the way for land to be expropriated without compensation.

The party, however, said that the proposal must be tested first.

No time line has been given for the amendment.

The agricultural association's Dan Kriek says it’s dismayed by the resolution.

“We are very concerned. We do not understand how this relates to economic growth, because a great deal of Mr Ramaphosa’s campaign was about economic growth. Expropriation without compensation is a radical measure. It does not speak to economic growth.”

Lobby group AfriForum has warned that the proposed move boils down to a decision to commit theft, adding that it will be destructive.

LISTEN: ANC resolves to expropriate land without compensation

Political parties have also weighed in, with Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says it is "not economically viable” and does not expand the wealth to poor South Africans.

United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa believes that the only reason the ANC took the decision to expropriate land without compensation is to win over Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) voters.

“I don’t think the ANC will implement that. It’s intended to disrupt the EFF on the issue of land.”

Maimane agrees with Holomisa and says it will never work.

In order to change the Constitution, the ANC needs a two-third majority in the National Assembly. On this it can rely on the EFF’s vote.

Meanwhile, Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota says it’s blatant populism on behalf of the ANC.

“Because if you are going to take land and give it to people who don’t farm, they’ll walk away from it.”

The EFF says it will only respond next year.

Additional reporting by Gaye Davis & Mia Lindeque.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)