WOULD CHANGING the Constitution by the ANC work?
At the coal face is the controversial change of the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation.
The decision was meted out at the two-day Lekgotla, at Irene Lodge.
It is understood the decision was taken by the ANC national executive committee to “amend the Constitution to explicitly allow for expropriation without compensation”.
President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa on Tuesday said it had become “patently clear that our people want the Constitution be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation, as demonstrated in the public hearings.
“There is also a growing body of opinion, by a number of South Africans, that the Constitution as it stands does not impede expropriation of land without compensation.
“The lekgotla reaffirmed its position that a comprehensive land reform programme that enables equitable access to land will unlock economic growth, by bringing more land in South Africa to full use, and enable the productive participation of millions more South Africans in the economy,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.
“Accordingly, the ANC will, through the parliamentary process, finalise a proposed amendment to the Constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be affected.”
Section 25 of the Constitution, following national consultatives on expropriation of land without compensation programmes, is whether to amend it or not and the ANC is still divided on that.
The land issue has also raised eye brows amongst investors.
Some political analysts attest that the move by the ANC has to do with national elections in 2019 as a ploy to garner votes.