Take That, Colonizer: South Africa to Seize All White-Owned Land

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Tuesday's motion was brought by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party but was supported by the ANC, which controls nearly two-thirds of the parliament compared with EFF's 6 percent.

"No one is going to lose his or her house, no one is going to lose his or her flat, no one is going to lose his or her factory or industry", Julius Malema, who leads the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party, said immediately following the vote. "All our people ever wanted was their land to which their dignity is rooted", said Malema.

Under the ANC amendments, the Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament will review Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses where necessary to sufficiently cater for the principle of land expropriation without compensation, said Mhlauli.

The land issue also formed part of a significant shift in the ANC, as the December conference marked the first time the ruling party adopted the policy of land expropriation without compensation. Tuesday's vote mobilized parliament's Constitutional Review Committee to deliver a report on the topic by August 30.

There are fears the vote will put South Africa on the same path as neighboring Zimbabwe, where forceful, violent seizures of white-owned farms in the early 2000s were blamed for the nation's economic freefall and political instability.

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The EFF commander-in-chief said South Africans should not pay rent on the land they are working.

Malema said his party will be passing a motion of no confidence in the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Athol Trollip, after the DA failed to support his motion, which was passed with the help of the ANC.

The process continued throughout the following centuries with increasing brutality and a succession of laws, notably the 1913 Natives Lands Act, which legalised the theft of land by prohibiting Africans from owning, buying or hiring land in 93% of South Africa. Whites own roughly three-quarters of South Africa's farmland, according to a 2017 government audit.

Section 25 (2) of the Constitution now states that property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application for a public objective or in the public interest, and subject to compensation.

But he still maintained that it ought to be implemented in a way that would not jeopardise agricultural production and food security. Agricultural economists Wandile Sihlobo and Johann Kirsten wrote last week: “With the benefit of hindsight, the Zimbabwean experience tells us that the notion of expropriation without compensation is a bad idea. The country's constitution will now likely be amended to include the expropriation of land.