ramaphosa PIC land expropriation stimulus package

President Cyril Ramaphosa – File Photo

It’s official: ANC to amend Constitution allowing for land expropriation without compensation

In an official statement released by president Cyril Ramaphosa – the ANC will support a Constitutional amendment allowing for land expropriation without compensation.

ramaphosa PIC land expropriation stimulus package

President Cyril Ramaphosa – File Photo

In an official statement released by the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, late on Tuesday evening, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) affirmed its position to amend the Constitution and allow for land expropriation without compensation.

The announcement comes following a two-day NEC Lekgotla in Tshwane. Issues discussed during the conference included the current status of the South African economy, job creation and land reform.

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News 24 first published the official statement, which added that the governing party’s general-secretary would elaborate on issues of governance, social development and transformation on Wednesday.

ANC will support amendment of the Constitution

Ramaphosa’s address highlights the need for ‘radical economic transformation’ – a political buzzword made popular by former president Jacob Zuma, that points to a redistribution of wealth aimed at uplifting disadvantaged South Africans.

On the issue of land expropriation without compensation, Ramaphosa said:

“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 effected.”

The president went on to add that land reform will ‘promote redress, advance economic development, increase agricultural production and food security.’

Strategy to uplift help emerging farmers

South Africa’s ruling political party has directed government to urgently initiate farmer support programmes in depressed areas.

According to Ramaphosa, this upliftment strategy will include providing farmers with tools, tractors, fertilisers, seeds, extension services, finance and access to key infrastructure.

With talks of urgent intervention, it would seem that the wheels of land expropriation without compensation have already begun to turn, and will gather further momentum ahead of the official Constitutional amendment.

While no exact date has been set for the parliamentary process allowing for the Constitutional amendment – all indications point to a final referendum ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

‘Our economy is facing serious challenges’ – Ramaphosa

The South African president says he is concerned about the tough economic times facing the country – especially the recently released statistics regarding a rising unemployment rate.

In reference to a strategy which would be implemented to combat a sliding economy, Ramaphosa said:

“Given this economic environment, the Lekgotla directed government to move with urgency to develop and implement a stimulus package to ignite growth that will lead to the creation of jobs, especially for young people and women.

These efforts should focus on rural communities and townships. This stimulus package will be based on existing budgetary resources and the pursuit of new investments while remaining committed to fiscal prudence.”

Ramaphosa outlined the strategy for economic growth as:

  • Increased investment in public infrastructure.
  • Increased support for entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for youth and women, as well as small and medium businesses.
  • Trade support measures for sectors such as sugar and products affected by big import surges.
  • Ensure that procurement focuses on localization.
  • Training for unemployed young South Africans with the skills necessary to compete in a rapidly-changing economy.