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ANC plans to give ownership of land directly to dispossessed black people

ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola.
ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola.
Image: Mduduzi Ndzingi

The ANC government will not nationalise land – but plans to give ownership of the land directly to dispossessed black people.

This was revealed by ANC national executive member Ronald Lamola on Wednesday as the governing party sought to explain the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that his party would push for the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Answering questions by the media‚ Lamola said the party decided it would not nationalise all South African land.

“The land must be redistributed to the people. We are going to take it and give it to the people who are going to use it.

“We are going to give them title deeds. We are not nationalising the land of this country. If we nationalise the land‚ we are going to dispossess the black people who have land; the black people who have moved into urban areas. What will government do with an individual’s house?” he said.

“If we wake up tomorrow and say the state has nationalised all the land‚ there will still be a need for legislation on how you are going to do it. It is also not going to be free.”

This approach to expropriation is likely to put the ANC at odds with the EFF in Parliament as Julius Malema's party has been advocating for the state to take ownership of land.

According to Lamola, ANC members are clear that the land must be returned to the people.

“If we are going to give you a farm we are going to give you a title deed. We can’t nationalise houses of people,”

At least a dozen ANC national executive committee members were present at the briefing at Luthuli House‚ including ministers Zweli Mkhize‚ Naledi Pandor and Ayanda Dlodlo.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the lekgotla had discussed an implementation plan for a wide-ranging resolution on land and agrarian reform.

“The public hearings have confirmed our view that overwhelmingly our people want constitutional provisions to be less constrictive to land expropriation‚” he said.

“The ANC will‚ through the parliamentary process‚ finalise a proposed amendment to the Constitution which outlines more clearly the provisions which expropriation without compensation can be addressed.”

NEC member Enoch Godongwana said the ANC is not undermining parliamentary processes by pushing for a constitutional amendment.

“We are meeting at the tail end of that process. We will contribute to this process. We are not undermining Parliament‚” he said.

- Additional reporting by Ngwako Modjadji

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