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Here is an idea on what can be done regarding the land expropriation without compensation issue

The attempt by the ANC to push through the Constitution 18th amendment bill to allow land expropriation without compensation fell flat on Tuesday.

However, according to founder and president of the Free Market Foundation Leon Louw, the bill was unlikely to benefit dispossessed black South Africans and would instead have made them victims of state sanctioned land seizures.

ANC, with only 200 members in attendance at the national assembly sitting, managed to secure 204 votes in favour of the controversial bill. It needed 267 to pass.

Louw suggested the bill is unnecessary. He said the government could furnish black South Africans with title deeds for land the state owns and which black South Africans already occupy.

EFF leader Julius Malema on Wednesday said his party rejected the bill because it would set black people's struggle for land repossession.

On Tuesday, the ANC failed to get the bill passed into law after it was rejected by the national assembly. This is after the political parties voted against it for different reasons. The ANC needed 267 votes to pass the bill into a law, but only managed to get 204.

EFF, initiated the bill in 2018, but voted against it, said the current version was watered down and was not about transferring land to black people.

"The bill that this house is asked to approve today will take black people's struggle for land repossession many steps back. According to this bill, compensation for expropriation will remain a default position, but provides for obscure circumstances in which the amount of compensation may be 'nil'.

"The concept of 'nil' compensation was never there when parliament resolved to adopt the EFF motion in 2018, and when it adopted the report of the constitutional review committee". Said Malema.

He said his party rejects the bill because it's a "complete departure from the radical proposal that was made".

This is after MPs held a debate on Tuesday at the parliament which was chaired Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga husband Dr Mathole Motshekga.


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