The ANC failed to get the bill passed into law on Tuesday after the National Assembly rejected it.
This came after various political parties voted against it for various reasons. The ANC required 267 votes to pass the bill into law, but only received 204. The bill would have resulted in a constitutional amendment to Section 25 to allow for land expropriation without compensation. Malema, whose party introduced the bill in 2018 but voted against it, claimed that the current version was watered down and did not aim to transfer land to black people.
"The bill that this house is being asked to approve today will set back black people's struggle for land repossession significantly," Malema said.
This bill maintains compensation for expropriation as the default position, but allows for ambiguous circumstances in which the amount of compensation may be 'nil.'
"The concept of 'nil compensation' was never present when parliament resolved to adopt the EFF motion in 2018, nor when it adopted the Constitutional Review Committee's report."
The EFF, according to Malema, opposes the bill because it is a "complete departure from the radical proposal that was made."
"The current bill makes meaningless provisions for the state to be a custodian of certain land without defining what that certain land is."
If this bill is passed, it will represent a sell-out and further disenfranchisement of black people. "The practical implications of this bill would be far worse than the current Constitutional Property Clause," he said.
Malema claimed that the EFF tried to reason with the ANC several times but was met with a cold reception.
Julius malema has a point , the world has changed so the law has to change too
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