Zuma has gone rogue on land reform - Maimane

2017-03-03 17:16
President Jacob Zuma. (File, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has gone rogue on land reform, says Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane.

Zuma addressed the opening of the National House of Traditional leaders on Friday and he again called for land expropriation to be sped up. 

The president said a single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation. 

"This is just a dishonest attempt to excuse the ANC’s own failures in government. In fact, it is corruption and bad policy that have been the greatest inhibitors to land redistribution and reform," Maimane said.

Corruption and bad policy were the greatest inhibitors to land redistribution and reform, and not the Constitution, the DA leader said on Friday. 

Zuma should have addressed the issue of land ownership in rural areas that fell under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders, Maimane said. 

"But President Zuma is not interested in policies that help the people of South Africa. His only focus is on whipping up divisive emotions," he said. 

Zuma on Friday called for "black political parties" to unite in dealing with the land issue.

The time for talking and analysing had passed, he said, and called for action within the law.

"The fact remains that land hunger is real. This is not surprising as this was the fundamental question at the centre of the liberation struggle."

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