AgriSA backs Motlanthe's land views

2011-11-10 20:33

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's views that the law does not need to be changed to achieve land reform is a "breath of fresh air", AgriSA said on Thursday.

The agricultural organisation agreed with Motlanthe that targets could be reached if existing legislation was applied correctly.

"It has long been AgriSA's position that the willing seller approach or constitutional guarantees were not obstacles to successful land reform, but rather incompetence, corruption and mismanagement within the department of rural development and land reform," the union said in a statement.

AgriSA was responding to an address by Motlanthe to Parliament's Press Gallery Association in Cape Town earlier this week.

Motlanthe said: "The law as it stands today allows government to expropriate land if it is in the public interest. So willing buyer, willing seller is not an obstacle."

AgriSA welcomed Motlanthe's view that if land had to be acquired in the public interest, fair compensation should be paid. The process should be subject to the authority of the court.

"Motlanthe's statement comes as a breath of fresh air in a very problematic land reform environment where commercial agriculture faces immense uncertainty, threats of expropriation and poor administration," AgriSA said.

It said incompetence was "disastrous" for agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West -- where outstanding land claims were causing the most problems.

  • theandystokes - 2011-11-10 21:00

    This won't go down well with ex-ANCYL preso supporters - Someone within the ANC speaking sense? Alot of firsts today...

      sefeddt - 2011-11-10 22:14

      Particularly since fat boy was pushing for Motlanthe to replace Zuma.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-10 21:08

    And many promises to many comrades of land for nothing down the lavatory. The ANC seems to be delving into and gathering the inherent commom sense many of us thought had been squashed by the irresponsible opportunists in its ranks. There is still hope.

  • christo.stone - 2011-11-10 21:11

    Good news all over the place today :)

  • Windlass - 2011-11-10 21:17

    Horay ... Make sure it happens now Kgalema. We putting our faith in you and the ANC to make it work.

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