Mkhize expected to start land talks today

Nomvula Mokonyane says the ministers will meet with traditional leaders as well as the Ingonyama Trust to discuss the proposed changes to the Constitution.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: @NationalCoGTA/Twitter

PRETORIA – Cabinet has established a team of ministers to engage with traditional leaders to allay their fears surrounding the proposed amendment to section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

Communication Minister Nomvula Mokonyane made the announcement at a post-Cabinet meeting briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters and Contralesa also met on Thursday where the traditional leaders gave their support for the Constitution to be amended.

Mokonyane says the ministers will meet with traditional leaders as well as the Ingonyama Trust to discuss the proposed changes to the Constitution.

She stressed that the public hearings are not an expression of government’s position.

“These are initiatives of the parliamentary process. Government is committed to ensuring that we focus on what’s of primary importance, the disposition of the South Africans with regard to land ownership and the growing of the economy.”

His spokesperson Legadima Leso says they will be meeting in Pretoria.

“The main thing is the land that traditional leaders are holding currently in their possession. Whether that land will also be expropriated or not. The meeting will be looking at all of those issues and find an amicable solution to all the challenges.”

Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize is expected to start the talks today.