Mine nationalisation to dominate youth league discussions

2011-06-18 13:20

Heated debates were expected today when ANC Youth League delegates attending its elective congress discuss the thorny issues of mine nationalisation land redistribution.

Delegates at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand will break into different commissions to discuss various issues including the controversial issue of expropriation of land without compensation.

In a discussion document titled Programme of Action for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime, the youth league calls for the expropriation of land without compensation, in an effort to speed up land reform.

The league is not happy that the majority of South Africa’s land is still in the hands of white people.

They argue that the “willing-seller-willing-buyer” policy implemented by government over the past 17 years has failed to black people who lost their land during the oppressive apartheid regime.

According to the discussion documents, 4% of agricultural land has been redistributed since 1994, while more than 80% of agricultural land remained in the hands of fewer than 50 000 white farmers and agribusinesses.

“The willing-seller, willing-buyer approach to land acquisition has constrained the pace and efficacy of land reform.

It is clear from our experience, that the market is unable to effectively alter the patterns of land ownership in favour of an equitable and efficient distribution of land.”

The issue of mine nationalisation was raised by the youth league and it gained the momentum ahead of the ANC’s national general congress (NGC) in Durban last year.

The NGC mandated the ANC national executive committee to research, study tours and discussions, and to report to the Policy Conference for decision at National Conference next year.

Presenting his political report during the first day of the five-day congress on Thursday, youth league president Julius Malema talked extensively about mine nationalisation and land redistribution.

“The wealth must be transferred to all the people, the banks and mines should be nationalised. Land redistribution should be speeded up otherwise we will have no alternative to take over the land without compensation,” he said.

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