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ANC top brass at odds over land expropriation – report

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says ANC should have voted with EFF in parliament, but chief whip says he was never told this is now 'ANC policy'.


According to a report in the Sunday Times, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has criticised ANC chief whip in parliament Jackson Mthembu for not following the ANC’s policy of supporting land expropriation without compensation.

Kodwa told the paper this policy was adopted at the 2012 conference in Mangaung and ANC MPs should have supported the EFF’s motion to change section 25 of the constitution to allow for property rights to no longer be respected. However, it’s unclear where he got this idea.

Mthembu also said it was news to him that this was now official ANC policy. He said people would do better to challenge section 25 in court than to expect the ANC to amend the constitution.

The Sunday Times pointed out that the ANC had in 2012 only called for “expropriation without compensation of land acquired through unlawful means or used for illegal purposes, having due regard for section 25 of the constitution”.

President Jacob Zuma this week called for constitutional change on land, telling traditional leaders on Friday that “black political parties” should work together on the matter. Traditional leaders now want the “land back”.

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