News24.com | Parliament to hear stakeholder submissions on land expropriation
News24.com | Parliament to hear stakeholder submissions on land expropriation
The Joint Constitutional Review is expected
ong>toong> hold oral presentations by ong>stakeholderong>s on Tuesday on the possible review of Section 25 of the Constitution ong>toong> make way for the expropriation of land without compensation. The presentations, which are scheduled ong>toong> take place at ong>Parliamentong>'s Old Assembly Chamber and emanate from written ong>submissionsong>, are expected ong>toong> continue until Friday. According ong>toong> the provisional programme, Theo Boshoff of Agri Business (Agbiz) is expected ong>toong> be the first speaker, followed by Grain South Africa's Jannie de Villiers and the Alliance for Rural Development's Constance Mogale. Professor Elmien du Plessis of the University of the North West, Dr Aninka Claassens of the University of Cape Town, Professor Bradley Slade of the University of Stellenbosch and...
News24.com | LIVE: Land expropriation oral submissions
A case for uncompensated land expropriation - lessons from his
ong>toong>ry In the 1950s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world compared ong>toong> her counterparts such as Ghana, Congo and South Africa. But in the 1980s and 1990s, its agriculture and manufacturing industries were more advanced and contributed ong>toong>wards higher GDP growth figures. This had ong>toong> do with their ability ong>toong> use land reform, among other measures, ong>toong> generate economic growth.
News24.com | ANC on collision course with Parliament on land
2018-08-27 08:31 The issue of land expropriation without compensation has simmered
ong>toong> a point where ong>Parliamentong> is on a collision course with the ANC as a political party. Having undertaken extensive consultations in various provinces on the question of the expropriation of land, ong>Parliamentong> has stumbled upon uncomfortable feedback that seems ong>toong> be an emerging voice from the consultative process. It is reported that the consultative process facilitated by ong>Parliamentong>'s Joint Constitutional Review Committee indicate that the majority of participants did not favour the amendment of the Constitution ong>toong> allow for expropriation of land without compensation. This feedback is in direct contrast ong>toong> the ANC's decision that the party will amend the Constitution ong>toong> pave the way...
News24.com | Public works committee withdraws Expropriation Bill to 'avoid running a parallel process'
The Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Tuesday resolved
ong>toong> withdraw the Expropriation Bill so that it can be reintroduced after the Joint Constitutional Review Committee finishes its work on expropriation of land without compensation. "The committee has observed that the work of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee is now approaching a conclusion and the recommendations are soon ong>toong> be made available once concluded before the end of September, which will lead ong>toong> new parliamentary processes, including legislative processes, and new directions should become clearer before the end of 2018," reads a statement from committee chairperson Humphrey Mmemezi. "The committee is aware that this process will lead ong>toong> the minister of public works reintroducing a revised Expropriation...
News24.com | It's 'moral cretins' EFF vs 'white monopoly capital' Cosatu
Trade union federation Cosatu on Wednesday condemned the EFF's "infantile, racist" attack on its parliamentary coordina
ong>toong>r. Cosatu's parliamentary coordina ong>toong>r Matthew Parks presented a submission that supported expropriation without compensation ong>toong> the Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Tuesday. However, he was among those who argued a constitutional amendment was not necessary, as Section 25 already provides for expropriation. EFF MP Tebogo Mokwele questioned why Cosatu's representative speaking on land was white and presenting a "white minority view". Parks said the EFF sometimes confused rudeness with political militancy. He said Cosatu's submission made several suggestions as it did not want ong>toong> be guilty of "populist sloganeering". "No, no, no, we...
News24.com | No need to amend Constitution, academics tell constitutional review committee
ong>toong>ld the Joint Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on Tuesday that it is not necessary ong>toong> amend section 25 of the Constitution ong>toong> effect substantial land reform. It was the first day of the oral ong>submissionsong> on amending section 25 of the Constitution ong>toong> allow for expropriation of land without compensation, and the general consensus among the academics who presented was that it is the government's inability ong>toong> carry out land reform that was ong>toong> blame for the continuing inequality in South Africa's pattern of land ownership, rather than the Constitution. OPINION: Amending the Constitution on land is becoming unavoidable Professor Ruth Hall of the University of the Western Cape's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies said the CRC had the country asking the...
News24.com | BLF wants 'all the land in white hands'
While the Black First Land First (BLF) movement wants "all the land in white hands"
ong>toong> be transferred ong>toong> black hands, there was also a call for a "Codesa" on land reform in South Africa at the Joint Constitutional Review Committee sitting on Wednesday. BLF leader Andile Mngxitama addressed the committee on the second day of oral ong>submissionsong> of the committee's ong>hearong>ings even though he describes the committee's process on the review of section 25 of the Constitution as the "biggest farce since Codesa". "BLF supports the call ong>toong> amend section 25 of the Constitution so that all land in the hands of white people is returned ong>toong> the hands of black people, all that land which is currently in the hands of white people. And that includes land in Orania, land in Stellenbosch, all that land...
News24.com | Not all land will be expropriated without compensation – ANC
The ANC is not planning on expropriating all land without compensation as expropriation in this manner will only be carried out in specific circumstances. This is what an ANC delegation said during a press briefing in Centurion on Friday following a meeting between the ANC and AgriSA on land expropriation. ANC election head Fikile Mbalula, who led the ANC delegation, said that property rights in South Africa were not under threat, and that there was no intention
ong>toong> grab land. "[The] ANC position on expropriation without compensation is for specific circumstances in the land reform process. This is aimed at supporting open commerce and certainty," Mbalula said. Chairperson of the ANC's subcommittee on economic transformation Enoch Godongwana echoed these sentiments....
News24.com | Nedbank warns of 'classic banking crisis' if expropriation without compensation is allowed
A "classic banking crisis" can be triggered by the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution, Nedbank CEO Mike Brown
ong>toong>ld the Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Friday. The committee was listening ong>toong> oral presentations in ong>Parliamentong> on whether an amendment of the section was necessary for the expropriation of land without compensation. Brown said the Constitution should not be used as a "scapegoat" for the government's failure ong>toong> effect land reform. He said land reform should be done in an orderly, pragmatic and sustainable manner ong>toong> avoid the creation of a systemic risk ong>toong> the banking sec ong>toong>r. He also pointed out that the Constitution already struck a "careful and well-considered" balance between the protection of property rights and redress. "The...
News24.com | 'It's true that whites stole our land, but they're also Namibians,' says President Geingob
Namibia's President Hage Geingob on Sunday urged citizens
ong>toong> take part in the debate over mooted land reforms, including the expropriation of land, in order ong>toong> avoid chaos. The southern African country will hold a "national land conference" from Oc ong>toong>ber 1-5, for discussion of policies that will accelerate the land reform programme. "I believe that we should have difficult conversations, as Namibians, with the aim of finding peaceful and sustainable solutions ong>toong> the challenges of inequality, landlessness and outstanding pains of genocide," Geingob said during Sunday's heroes day commemorations in northern Namibia. According ong>toong> Geingob, the Oc ong>toong>ber conference will examine a policy of voluntary redistribution of land but also compensated expropriation by the government....
News24.com | ANC MP Vincent Smith steps out of land hearings to deal with Bosasa allegations
ANC Member of
ong>Parliamentong> Vincent Smith has stepped out of the constitutional review committee on land expropriation ong>toong> deal with allegations that he accepted nearly R800 000 in cash and gifts from the controversial Bosasa group. Smith chairs the joint Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on amending Section 25 of the Constitution ong>toong> allow for expropriation of land without compensation. Last week, he was appointed ong>toong> chair the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services and has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Smith confirmed ong>toong> News24 that he excused himself on Tuesday morning, so that he could work on finalising a statement in response ong>toong> an article published in City Press over the weekend detailing the alleged bribes....
News24.com | Vincent Smith and Mathole Motshekga swap chairs on parliamentary committees
ANC MP Vincent Smith is the new chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, replacing former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga. Smith is co-chairperson of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee, which is currently handling the matter of reviewing section 25 of the Constitution, on whether
ong>toong> allow expropriation without compensation. If ong>Parliamentong> decides ong>toong> amend section 25 of the Constitution, it might well fall ong>toong> the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services. READ: Ramaphosa's land reform policy gets backing from British PM Theresa May Smith has previously chaired committees dealing with politically sensitive matters, like the investigation in ong>toong> the former SABC board, and party funding. Motshekga will take...
News24.com | How imminent is an amendment to the Bill of Rights?
2018-09-05 07:58 In my interaction with business and civil society, it is clear that the possibility of an amendment
ong>toong> Section 25 of the Constitution continues ong>toong> cause huge anxiety. Although my sources have made it clear that the ANC does not believe that they require an amendment in order ong>toong> do expropriation without compensation, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s late night announcement on 31 July clearly conveyed the ANC’s decision ong>toong> support an amendment. Given the ANC’s dominance on the Constitutional Review Committee, it is fairly certain that an amendment of Section 25 would be recommended in their report ong>toong> ong>Parliamentong> later this year. Of course, at the same time, the president has been at pains ong>toong> clarify that the amendment would not facilitate blanket...
News24.com | 'Racist kids from Pretoria' AfriForum slammed for tirade about land
MPs from across the political spectrum, black and white, condemned the alt-right lobby group AfriForum after its submission
ong>toong> the Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Thursday afternoon, drawing comparisons ong>toong> the neo-fascist Black First Land First (BLF) movement who made a presentation ong>toong> the committee a day before. AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said expropriation without compensation, or compensation below market price, showed disrespect ong>toong> property rights, a basic human right. He said the "ANC-EFF alliance" pursued a communist agenda based on lies. "The first false argument is an oversimplified, twisted perspective of his ong>toong>ry," he said. "The second is the ideological viewpoint that centralisation of the power in the state will be ong>toong> the benefit of the...
News24.com | 'Failed, frustrated politicians want to take advantage of land issue,' says Namibian leader Geingob
Namibian President Hage Geingob has reportedly warned politicians in the southern African country
ong>toong> guard against using the land issue for political gains. According ong>toong> The Namibian newspaper, Geingob said this during the opening of the Swapo central committee meeting over the weekend. The paper quoted sources as saying that Geingob also spoke against "ancestral land claims, and the proposal ong>toong> expropriate land without compensation". Geingob said he did not support ancestral land claims, adding that "failed and frustrated politicians" wanted ong>toong> take advantage of the emotive ong>toong>pic. This came as reports on Monday said that the Namibian leader had urged citizens ong>toong> take part in the debate over mooted land reforms, including the expropriation of land, in order ong>toong>...
News24.com | LIVE: Constitutional Review Committee hears oral arguments on constitutional amendments
We've failed at land reform, but we quit at our peril - David Mabuza The current model for land reform, including the willing-buyer-willing-seller approach, is proving
ong>toong> be unworkable as it frustrated claimants and cost government billions, Deputy President David Mabuza ong>toong>ld Members of ong>Parliamentong> in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday.
News24.com | Mabuza commends agriculture presidents' commitment on land reform plan
In a move which Deputy President David Mabuza hailed as a "watershed moment" on Monday, four presidents of organised agriculture signed a statement of intent
ong>toong> develop a national strategy focusing on the transformation of the sec ong>toong>r. The four organisations said they had had a number of high-level interactions and done "some serious introspection". READ: 'Trump must really take his long hair and leave our people the hell alone' - SA farmers The organisations are: The African Farmers' Association of South Africa, National African Farmers' Union of SA, AgriSA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa. "We have noted the parliamentary process on expropriation without compensation and are all participating in the process," they said in their statement of...
News24.com | False information on the land reform process a disservice to South Africa
2018-08-27 11:54 Lindiwe Sisulu When government announced earlier this year that the issue of land reform would be addressed through a consultative process, interest groups that represent a minority of the people of South Africa started
ong>toong> spread lies and half-truths internationally. They peddled false and exaggerated information and conclusions that have been disproved many times by concrete facts. The question is: what are the objectives of these groups, which travel internationally, consistently working on a conscious campaign aimed at challenging the sovereignty and institutions of a democratic South Africa? One of the lies doing the rounds is the notion that a section of the South African population is being targeted for deliberate and calculated violence. While...
News24.com | LIVE: 'We are not black people' – submission to land hearings
2018-09-06 10:08 Land
ong>hearong>ings continue in the parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee. Follow @gerbjan LIVE NEWS FEED Jump ong>toong> bot ong>toong>m Last Updated at 10:32 ...
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ong>Parliamentong>ary land ong>hearong>ings are set ong>toong> continue and MPs in the Constitutional Review Committee will ong>hearong> oral arguments. Follow @gerbjan LIVE NEWS FEED Jump ong>toong> bot ong>toong>m Last Updated at 10:12 Jump ong>toong> ong>toong>p
News24.com | ANC rallies around MP Vincent Smith after controversial Bosasa payments
The ANC is rallying around senior MP Vincent Smith after it emerged that he received money from controversial security and facilities company Bosasa. News24 over the weekend reported that Smith in 2015 and 2016 received cash and benefits
ong>toong> the tune of R870 000 from Angelo Agrizzi, then-chief operations officer at Bosasa. At the time, Smith was the chairperson of the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services that investigated Bosasa’s involvement in alleged corruption relating ong>toong> state tenders. Jackson Mthembu, the ANC’s chief whip in ong>Parliamentong>, blamed the timing of the News24 report on the party’s position on expropriation without compensation, insinuating that Smith – who serves as chair of the constitutional review committee looking at land reform – is being...
News24.com | Land reform's Codesa moment
2018-08-28 07:32 Trust the men and women who work the land
ong>toong> show us the way. Black and white farmers got ong>toong>gether with leaders of organised agriculture and agri-business in Limpopo last week and committed ong>toong> ambitious land reform, something they will likely do more effectively than the state. The summit on land reform was a little Codesa moment, flavoured with some of the sensibilities that made the Truth and Reconciliation work. It could very well turn out ong>toong> be a turning point in the heated debate on expropriation of land and set an example of how we should solve other problems in our economy and political life. This is why South Africa with its bitter past is still in one piece: if the temperature gets ong>toong>o high, we talk ong>toong> each other. And all this was...
News24.com | AfriForum peddling facts, not fear or naivety
2018-08-29 09:13 Max du Preez misses the mark in his article "Land reform’s Codesa moment" when he argues that AfriForum is peddling in fear regarding farm murders and expropriation without compensation. AfriForum however also does not want
ong>toong> peddle naivety and denialism like Du Preez does and therefore rather peddles facts. Hope for the future can only be created by solidly staring the realities of South Africa in the eye and then going ong>toong> work with a well-planned strategy ong>toong> influence these realities for the greater good. I encourage Du Preez ong>toong> read the ANC’s strategy documents. Therein he will see that the ANC follows a "Balance of Forces" approach. According ong>toong> this approach, the ANC will only take a step back should there be enough pressure on them ong>toong> do so. The fact...
News24.com | Land occupiers caught in battle between private KZN landowner and tribal council
Further demolitions have taken place in Ward 59 near Verulam, north of Durban. On Tuesday 10 houses, including incomplete buildings, were bulldozed. A few houses were left standing. This was the second demolition this month, GroundUp reports. "It looks like we are caught in the middle of a battle we know nothing about," said land occupier Thembisa Msweli. The Qadi tribal council has been giving people permission
ong>toong> settle on the land and "selling" plots ong>toong> them. Induna Muntu Shangase has said that "the land belongs ong>toong> the inkosi of the Qadi people and he can do with it as he pleases and he chose ong>toong> give sites ong>toong> the people who need it". However, Thamodarum Govender says he purchased the land in 2003 (then owned by Tongaat Hulett) and he has legal title ong>toong> it. He has a court order...
News24.com | Surviving the pre-election chaos
2018-08-29 08:17 It is expected that the Constitutional Court will shortly
ong>hearong> the application brought by the Independent Elec ong>toong>ral Commission (IEC) in which it will ask the court ong>toong> extend the deadline a further 17 months ong>toong> 29 November 2019 for having all voters’ addresses on the voters’ roll. In their application, the IEC states that there are currently 26 212 476 voters registered on the voters’ roll. Of those, 3 409 183 (13%) have incomplete or generic addresses. A further 2 204 246, or 8%, have no addresses. That means 21% of those on the voters’ roll have incomplete or no addresses. However, the IEC clarifies that a large percentage of those incomplete addresses still contain sufficient enough information for the voter ong>toong> be placed in the correct voting...
News24.com | What happened to Athol Trollip will happen to Solly Msimanga - Malema
The DA-EFF coalition that leads the Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros is hanging by a thread as EFF leader Julius Malema revelled in the party's call for the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip of the DA coming
ong>toong> fruition. In his view, it is only a matter of time before the same happens ong>toong> Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. "They said Malema is a small boy, Trollip is not going anywhere. Look now," Malema ong>toong>ld the media in a briefing held at the EFF's headquarters in Braamfontein on Tuesday. Trollip was removed as the mayor following a vote of no confidence on Monday. "The EFF is unapologetic about its decision ong>toong> remove Athol Trollip as the executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. The vote must be unders ong>toong>od as a serious opposition ong>toong> the white...
News24.com | The spectacular unraveling of AfriForum
2018-09-07 11:41 On Thursday Ernst Roets, deputy CEO of AfriForum, willfully and purposefully led the Afrikaner rights organisation, its members and supporters in
ong>toong> the wilderness. AfriForum made a submission ong>toong> the parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee that is investigating whether or not Section 25 of the Constitution must be amended. It is a debate rooted in arguments about constitutionalism, the rule of law and economic models. But crucially, it is a debate rooted in search for justice, the country’s fraught and contentious his ong>toong>ry and the moral imperative of redress and res ong>toong>ration. But it is something that neither Roets nor AfriForum seemingly understands or want ong>toong> understand. That much is apparent from the ong>toong>ne-deaf, ahis ong>toong>rical and antagonistic...
News24.com | 'Trump must really take his long hair and leave our people the hell alone' – SA farmers reject land reform tweet
South African farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying
ong>toong> deflect attention from his own scandals. "The people were furious about Trump - and I think they still are," said Preline Swart, a 37-year-old farmer from the Western Cape. "He's an outsider and he knows nothing about farming," she said on the sidelines of a summit of farmers, officials and industry players in Bela Bela, Limpopo. "I think Donald Trump must really take his long hair... and leave our people the hell alone," added Swart. Trump's Wednesday tweet, posted on the eve of the "Land Solution" gathering, ong>toong>uched on the overwhelmingly white ownership of farmland - one of the country's most...
News24.com | ‘We will resolve it like we did with apartheid’ – Ramaphosa talks land in Beijing
Beijing – President Cyril Ramaphosa revved up South Africa’s charm offensive on the land policy debate on the eve of the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (Focac) summit in Beijing in China on Sunday, as the government seeks
ong>toong> reverse the damage caused by US President Donald Trump’s criticism of the proposed policy on land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa said the fear that had been propagated through misinformation by opponents of the ongoing land policy debate like Trump was beginning ong>toong> subside and “people are being more rational”. He described the levels of contributions ong>toong> the discussion from individual South Africans and civil society formations as “wonderful”, saying both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank had also embraced the processes...
News24.com | Understanding the true cost of changing the Constitution
2018-09-03 09:04 The idea of constitutional supremacy can be one of the most irritating democratic features for post-liberation societies confronted with a legacy of deep inequality and past injustice. For societies such as South Africa with the need
ong>toong> adopt policies that are aimed at addressing past injustices, having ong>toong> comply with the Constitution as the supreme law of the land is often seen as a setback for democracy. Quite often, the solution offered is ong>toong> amend the Constitution so as ong>toong> remain within the bounds of the law while pursuing policies that are seen ong>toong> address our most pressing needs. The debate on land reform in South Africa is a case in point of this. It is common practice for newer democracies ong>toong> resort ong>toong> amending their constitution so...
Fin24.com | DANIEL SILKE: Fears over land expropriation are undermining the economy
It is ironic that despite repeated reassurances from President Cyril Ramaphosa that any land expropriation would not – in his words – undermine future investment in the economy, it is the very economy now that has already been undermined. The clumsy and confusing way the land debate has been handled has not only weakened the currency, but clearly presents an obstacle
ong>toong> inves ong>toong>r certainty – a critical element required ong>toong> attract foreign direct investment. The ANC's inability ong>toong> articulate a more nuanced and responsible view has caused a downturn in the domestic property market, is making domestic inves ong>toong>rs again sit on their cash s ong>toong>ckpiles, and certainly will create unnecessary consternation among a raft of foreign inves ong>toong>rs. The problem for Ramaphosa is that his inability ong>toong>...
News24.com | Focus on need-based land redistribution system
2018-08-30 12:01 Tembeka Ngcukai
ong>toong>bi Land reform under the rule of law seeks ong>toong> reconcile three intersecting currents: correcting the wrongs of the past, confronting the inequities of the present and securing the future. The state programme for the restitution of land has virtually collapsed. Instead of providing a rational point around which previous dispossessions are forgiven, the cu ong>toong>ff point of 19 June 1913 has served ong>toong> aggravate and perpetrate dispossession. Public funds allocated for the promotion of the public good by paying off the holders of title deeds in exchange for making land available ong>toong> the descendants of the indigenous people have been misallocated or gone ong>toong> waste. With the passage of time, records are lost, memories have faded and witnesses...
News24.com | Vincent Smith assisted former Bosasa boss’ son to get ANC job
Top ANC MP Vincent Smith confirmed that he 'assisted' former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi's son
ong>toong> get a job at the ANC in Gauteng in 2015. During interviews with News24 over payments ong>toong>talling R670 000 made ong>toong> Smith in 2015 and 2016, Smith was asked ong>toong> explain his relationship with Agrizzi. He denied knowledge that the funds came from Bosasa, saying he had asked Agrizzi for a personal loan ong>toong> cover his daughter's tertiary education fees. Bosasa now trades as African Global Operations. Between 2009 and 2014, Smith was the chair of the Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services. He was a member of the committee when former SIU head, advocate Willie Hofmeyr, presented a report on Bosasa ong>toong> it, which found the company had bribed prison officials...
News24.com | A case for uncompensated land expropriation - lessons from history
2018-08-31 07:25 David Masondo In the 1950s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world compared
ong>toong> her counterparts such as Ghana, Congo and South Africa. But in the 1980s and 1990s, its agriculture and manufacturing industries were more advanced and contributed ong>toong>wards higher GDP growth figures. This had ong>toong> do with their ability ong>toong> use land reform, among other measures, ong>toong> generate economic growth. Unlike Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa in the early phases of their political independence, countries such as South Korea and Taiwan embarked on non-market mechanisms, including expropriation of land either without compensation or below the market value ong>toong> increase agricultural production and economic development through industrialisation. Both...
News24.com | 'I still believe in coalitions,' says Maimane as partnership with EFF crumbles
Despite the disputed removal of the DA-led government in Nelson Mandela Bay and doom looming over the DA-led government in Tshwane, the party's leader Mmusi Maimane is not giving up on coalitions. "I believe in coalitions," he said earnestly at a press briefing on Tuesday following Monday's drama in the Nelson Mandela Bay council. "I believe coalitions are the future of South Africa." Maimane said one-party dominance leads
ong>toong> state capture. On Monday the ANC, with the support of the EFF, unseated Athol Trollip as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor. The DA disputes the legality of this action. Also addressing a press briefing on Tuesday, EFF leader Julius Malema said Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga would suffer a similar fate as Trollip when a motion of no confidence against...