OPINION | Terence Corrigan: Section 25 amendment: I am not holding my breath either, Melanie

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Land reform continues to be a contentious issue in South Africa. (iStock)
Land reform continues to be a contentious issue in South Africa. (iStock)

Terence Corrigan disagrees with Melanie Verwoerd's view that the DA should vote with the ANC on Section 25 for the "sake of the country". He writes that instead the ANC should think of the greater good and step away from this measure.

Melanie Verwoerd's call on the Democratic Alliance (DA) to support the African National Congress (ANC) in amending Section 25 of the Constitution is an example of the unreality and confusion that defines so much thinking around the push for expropriation without compensation.

Her view seems to be that the DA should help give the ANC a win on property rights, in hopes that this will keep the amendment "moderate" and fortify President Cyril Ramaphosa's position. By doing so - perversely, by supporting the expansion of state latitude to seize property - the DA will protect property rights.

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