08 December 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
Economic Freedom Fighters surprised many on Tuesday when they changed their minds on voting for the bill on land expropriation which took place at the National assembly.
The motion was tabled for the vote in the parliament for constitutional amendment bill to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
EFF decided to reject the bill which had many people confused considering that it was the EFF which has always been at the forefront calling for the bill to be passed.
Now Malema has cleared the air as he revealed why they rejected it. Juju said his party rejected the bill because it would set back people's struggle for land repossession.
With the EFF abstaining on the vote, it resulted in the ANC to fail to get the bill passed into law after it was rejected by the National assembly.
Other political parties too voted against it for different reasons. The ANC needed 267 votes to pass the bill into a law but only managed to get 204.
The bill would have resulted in the amendment of section 25 of the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Malema, whose party 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,” said Malema.
"According to this bill, compensation will remain in a default position, but provides for obscure circumstances in which the amount of compensation 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."
Malema said the EFF rejects the bill because it's 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 and does not define what this certain land is".
Malema said the ANC tried to reason with the ANC on several occasions but was met with a cold reception.
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