OVERVIEW: #LandExpropriation - National Assembly votes in favour of report to review Section 25 of Constitution

2018-12-04 15:30

National Assembly has voted in favour of adopting the report by the Constitutional Review Committee which recommends the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.


(via Parliament TV)

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There are no abstentions, 91 MPs have voted "No", while 209 have voted "Yes". The report is agreed to, and the deputy speaker moves to proceed to the next point.

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MPs now vote by sitting in their correct seats and pressing either the "Yes", "No", or "Abstain" button. 

04 Dec 15:39

With the debate concluded, the deputy speaker confirms that the motion is that the report be adopted, MPs are called to vote by either saying "aye" or "no"...

A division is called, and the bells will be rung for five minutes.

04 Dec 15:37

Smith finishes: "Those that oppose the access of land to our people, must be remembered when we get to 2019." 

It is those people that will keep us back from creating a prosperous and united South Africa, Smith says.

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Smith: In 1996, when the final Constitution was adopted, the text of Section 25 was constructed with the forethought that it would facilitate rather than hinder land reform, including redistribution, restitution and security... 

Smith: 22 years after the certification of the final Constitution, it is important for South Africans to reflect on the Constitutional framework for the land reform programme in South Africa.

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The ANC's Vincent Smith takes to the podium to round off the debate.

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The DA's Breytenbach follows Godi, sums up her address by emphatically stating that the DA does not support expropriation of land without compensation.

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Themba Godi of the APC is at the podium for a very short period, says his party supports the adoption of the report from the Constitutional Review Committee. 

Godi says it would be a fitting celebration on the eve of Robert Sobukwe's birthday.

04 Dec 15:17

AIC's Lulama Ntshayisa up next, says the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution is a turning point as it is about healing the wounds of the past. 

Ntshayisa says people must be given implements and skills to work the land. He makes reference to Zimbabwe, and says the same thing won't happen here. The process must be "scientific", he says, so that no one can cheat the system and nobody can complain that the correct processes were not followed.

Ntshayisa: "AIC supports the report."

04 Dec 15:11

Mothapo concludes: "The ANC supports this report."

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Mothapo says AfriForum flooded the committee with thousands of submissions and then later admitted to the fact that some of the submissions were duplicates.

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Mothapo says expropriation without compensation is a legitimate option for land reform to address the painful history of arbitrary dispossession of land. Mothapo says land is a very emotive issue and cannot and will not be left unattended by the ANC.

Mothapo also rejects all assertions that the ANC was not behind the decision to start the process towards land expropriation without compensation. The ANC was born out of the land question, says Mothapo. 

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The ANC's Mothapo follows, starts off by applauding the appointment of a new NDPP and congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi in her new role as the head of the NPA.

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The ACDP's Kenneth Meshoe at the podium, says the party supports land expropriation in "an orderly manner". Meshoe says food security must be considered.

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The FF Plus' Mulder is now at the podium, says Parliament is being misled to believe that the report by the Constitutional Review Committee is from the ANC, when it is from the EFF. 

Mulder emphasises that his party is strongly against any amendment to the Constitution.

Mulder finishes off angrily, comparing the ANC to drunken sailors stumbling around: "This report is not worth the paper it is written on!"

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Buthelezi of the IFP sums up his address by saying his party supports the amendment of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation in the interests of the public. 

The NFP's Mncwabe follows Buthelezi and echoes his sentiments, saying his party is in support of the amendment to the Constitution. 

04 Dec 14:36

Malema says if the issues of land expropriation had to be set up as a referendum, 90% of South Africans would have voted for it. 

Malema: "White people who came, rich or poor, all of them came and opposed land expropriation... white interests protect one another." 

Malema says those against land expropriation want to protect "white privilege". 

04 Dec 14:33

Malema says "the process was fair". 

04 Dec 14:32

EFF leader Julius Malema up next, starts off his address calmly, in a measured tone.

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Mbabama finishes strongly: "We reject the report of the Constitutional Review Committee for the farce that it is."

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Up next is the DA's Mbabama. She starts off by saying changes don't need to be made to the Constitution, but changes need to be made to the government, so that issues of the dispossession of land can be addressed. 

Mbabama also refers to "rabble-rousing" EFF members, insinuating that they had no parental guidance during their formative years.

04 Dec 14:25

Maila finishes: "Give the people what they want."

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Maila calls out and names MPs from opposition parties who were not in agreement with the proposal to amend Section 25 of the Constitution.

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Maila: "The Constitution should be explicit, that expropriation without compensation is one means that can be used to address the skewed land ownership patterns. Mostly, the people were not comfortable with the 1913 cut-off, claiming that the original sin is as old as when Jan van Riebeek set foot at the Cape, on the 6th of April 1652 at 4 o'clock."

04 Dec 14:16

Maila: From the outset, it should be clarified that this house did not give the committee a mandate to conduct a referendum. 

Though it is of no significance, 65% of written submissions were against the amendment of the Constitution.

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After getting some house matters in order, the debate starts with Maila of the ANC, as scheduled.

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Land Expropriation: CRC's report to be considered in both Houses of Parliament 

Both Houses of Parliament are expected to consider the Joint Constitutional Review Committee's (CRC) report which recommends that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow land expropriation without compensation.

The National Assembly will consider the report on Tuesday, while the National Council of Provinces will consider it on Wednesday.*

This, after the Western Cape High Court dismissed AfriForum's urgent interdict application on Friday, which was aimed at preventing MPs from voting on the report.

A heated debate is expected. The land question is an emotive issue and parties either vociferously support or oppose expropriation without compensation. 

The ANC, EFF, NFP and UDM support the adoption of the report, while the DA, IFP, FF Plus, Cope and ACDP are opposing it.

04 Dec 14:05


Land: ANC 'determined' to press on after court win, but AfriForum's fight 'far from over' 

"I think it is a victory for South Africans that we can continue with land reform and uniting our country," ANC MP Vincent Smith said on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

He was speaking after the court dismissed AfriForum's urgent application to have MPs interdicted from moving to adopt Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee report on the amendment on the Constitution to make way for land expropriation without compensation.

The report was adopted on November, 15, and among other things, recommended that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow land expropriation without compensation. 

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