“We can speed up land reform by rooting out corruption and inefficiency. We can have a thriving‚ growing‚ diverse agricultural sector whose wonderful produce fills the shelves all over the world‚” Maimane said.
“But we absolutely cannot have this if farmers do not know if or when their land will be taken from them without any compensation. Expropriation of land without compensation is incompatible with a growing‚ flourishing economy. You can have one or the other‚ but never both.”
Maimane’s stance on the matter drew an angry response from Malema‚ who warned that the DA’s position on land could put their alliance in various metro municipalities in jeopardy.
The DA is governing the municipalities of Tshwane‚ Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay through the support of the EFF.
“I want to warn him‚ the leader of the opposition‚ that your stay in the metros is going to depend on your attitude on the expropriation of land without compensation‚” said Malema to loud cheers from EFF MPs.
“I want to warn him about that. That’s the fundamental issue which is going to make us fight with you because anybody who’s opposed to expropriation of land without compensation is the enemy of our people and such a person will be dealt with.”
Differences on the land issue aside‚ both Maimane and Malema called on Ramaphosa to fire ministers such as Faith Muthambi‚ Bathabile Dlamini‚ Bongani Bongo and Des Van Royen among others.