ANC presidential candidate and MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has emphasised the importance of land redistribution and land reform in the country.
Speaking on the campaign trail in Limpopo on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma said the struggles many South Africans faced post-apartheid were still the same as our forefathers faced historically, HuffPostSA reported.
“We still don’t have land. Africans are pushed to the mountains, to the rocky hills…It’s important to remember that when the ANC talks about land today, it is a struggle our forbearers started and we have the obligation to conclude,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
She was addressing ANC members and supporters at the Khoshigadi Madinoge Kgoloko memorial lecture in Mohlarekoma.
Land expropriation has been a key issue in Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign to be elected as the next leader of the ANC, which has the backing of President Jacob Zuma.
Earlier this year in February, the ANC’s parliamentary caucus rejected a motion by the EFF to amend the constitution’s land clause in order to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation, but the party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu said that was not the ANC’s policy position.
However, at the closing of the party’s 5th national policy conference in Johannesburg in July, Zuma said the expropriation of land without compensation was possible where it is “necessary and unavoidable”.
“We agree on the imperative to accelerate land redistribution and land reform. Again we had robust discussions on the modalities to achieve this. We agree that using the fiscus for land redistribution must be accompanied by other measures if we are to achieve the goal at the required pace,” said Zuma at the time.