Zuma: We'll pay for expropriated land

2015-01-10 15:25
Jacob Zuma addresses a crowd in Phillipi, Cape Town. (<a href="https://twitter.com/ewnreporter" target="_blank">EWN, Twitter</a>)</p>

Jacob Zuma addresses a crowd in Phillipi, Cape Town. (EWN, Twitter)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday committed the ANC government to land expropriation, but insisted it would be done within the confines of the Constitution.

Speaking at the ANC's 103rd anniversary celebrations at the Cape Town Stadium, Zuma devoted at least two pages of his 23-page speech to the emotive land issue.

While about 1.8 million people have benefited from government's land restitution programmes, the African National Congress was worried about the pace at which land was being redistributed.

"We reassert the correctness of the Constitution, but admit that usage of the 'willing buyer, willing seller' policy went on far too long and had unsatisfactory results," Zuma said.

The Constitution was clear that expropriation could not happen without compensation.

"We commit that the land will be returned to our people and the ANC calls on its government to act with necessary speed to put the legislation in place this year," Zuma said.

"Expropriation will be done in line with the Constitution and the act to be passed this year," he said.

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