As if losing below 50% of the vote in last month's local government elections wasn't enough, the ANC suffered another significant political loss on Tuesday when its effort to pass the Constitution's 18th Amendment Bill, which would allow for land expropriation without compensation, failed. With just 200 MPs in attendance during the parliament meeting, the ruling party garnered 204 votes. The law required 267 votes to pass.
The ANC presented a lonesome image. With the exception of Al Jama-ha, the vast majority of opposition parties, with a total vote of 145, condemned the ANC maneuver. The ANC's bleeding nose became evident during the bill's discussion before to voting. Even its effort to split and dominate the DA, EFF, and FF+ by accusing them of becoming permanent coalition partners failed.
Mathole Motshekga, the ANC's opening speaker, accused the tiny parties of forming a "unholy alliance" against the ruling party. His colleague, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, defended the tiny parties, accusing them of acting like persons who had paid lobola but claimed not to be married. Motshekga conceded defeat early on, stating that despite tiny parties joining against the ANC, the party will go on with various methods of land expropriation without their backing.
"We can see that a severe injustice was perpetrated against the African majority, in particular, and black people in general," Motshekga said. "The amendment bill that we are considering tries to remedy this crime against the African majority. This law generates confusion about property rights and would have a negative impact on investment and land development. This is the last thing the nation needs at the moment, since it is undergoing economic disaster as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Annelie Lotriet, DA Member of Parliament
"Those who were forced to vote with us on this topic are the benefactors of this crime against African humanity, and they have the assistance of a coalition of some Africans who are unaware of this country's history and are facilitating this via their unholy alliance.
"The ANC is still in power and has more tools at its disposal to guarantee that the people of South Africa have access to land. As a result, we are unconcerned with people who oppose this law. Whether they are present or not, the ANC will make land accessible to the people," he said.
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