Malema: 'Farmers Will NOT Lose Their Land'

President Ramaphosa and his ANC party deputy President Mabuza wave to supporters ahead of the ANC

South Africa's parliament voted Tuesday to move forward with an amendment to the country's constitution that would allow the government to seize and redistribute white-owned land without compensation.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported the parliament voted 241 to 83 to confiscate all land owned by Whites without compensation to ensure an increase in ownership among native inhabitants.

This was after the DA rejected the EFF led motion on land.

Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee will report back to lawmakers on changes to section 25 of the Constitution by August 30, the office of the chief whip of the ruling African National Congress said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

In his first state of the nation address two weeks ago, Ramaphosa made a direct appeal to poorer black voters - the core of the ANC's electoral support base - saying he would aim to speed up the transfer of land to black people.

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Whites still own most of South Africa's land following centuries of brutal colonial dispossession.

The ANC conference, however, stressed that land expropriation without compensation should be pursued without destabilizing the agricultural sector, endangering food security in the country, or undermining economic growth and job creation.

DA lawmaker Thandeka Mbabama said expropriation without compensation "cannot be part of the solution", adding that it was a "lie peddled by the ANC, who fears being outflanked on the left by the EFF".

The ANC backed the EFF's planned motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma only for Zuma to resign as president.

He said he believed nothing much would change in terms of the law until the matter would be taken to the constitutional review committee.

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"While these kinds of vile and bigoted statements have come to characterise the EFF and its leader, they have no place in South Africa and only undermines our constitutional democracy", said Nt'sekhe in a statement on Thursday.

However, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told a media briefing at Luthuli House, the "land reform programme must be executed in an orderly manner".

Meanwhile, Freedom Front Plus party leader Pieter Groenewald warned of "unforeseen consequences" upon the decision of stripping white people of their lands. "Expropriation without compensation is theft".

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is not only flexing its political muscle but is also pushing to re-establish its centrality in a coalition government‚ say analysts.

Malema claimed that huge portions of land now under white ownership, was standing fallow and farmers were keeping it just to "brag" about the hectares they own.

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