EFF on land expropriation: ‘No one will lose their house’

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Picture: sourced. EFF leader Julius Malema
Cape Town – “No one is going to lose his or her house. No one is going to lose his or her flat. No one is going to lose his or her factory or industry.”

These were the words of EFF leader Julius Malema on the steps of the National Assembly, shortly after the House adopted his motion, which opens the way for the Constitution to be amended to allow land expropriation without compensation.

The motion was passed with the support of the ANC, IFP, NFP, UDM, Agang, AIC and APC.

This means that Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, which comprises members from both Houses of Parliament, will have to report back to the National Assembly by August 30 and its process will include public hearings.

“There is no motion there saying expropriation of rural land. We’re saying expropriation of land without compensation. So the question of urban or rural doesn’t arise,” said Malema.

“Every land in South Africa should be expropriated without compensation and it will be under the state. The state should be the custodian of the land,” he explained.

“No one is going to lose his or her house, no one is going to lose his or her flat, no one is going to lose his or her factory or industry. All [that] we are saying is they will not have the ownership of the land,” he said.

“They will have a lease, depending on what the arrangement is, particularly as it relates to the outcome of the Constitutional review process.

“You’ll see, once we find land is owned by the state, we’re going to find a lot of idle land which is not being used for any purpose. And that land should then immediately be made available to be used, particularly by the previously disadvantaged people.”