The left strikes again this time in South Africa .
How long until South Africa turns into another Somalia ?
'We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land’
Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the constitution would allow expropriation of land without any financial recompense.
It was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, whose leader Julius Malema told the country’s parliament: “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said he would speed up the transfer of land from white to black owners after his inauguration two weeks ago.
But he stressed it must be conducted in a manner which preserved food production and security.
Critics have compared the move to the disastrous redistribution of land in neighbouring Zimbabwe, which was often accompanied by violence and left farms neglected.
In South Africa, corruption and lack of training for farmers remain obstacles to land redistribution.
The government’s land reform policy has been criticised over the years as many farms transferred to emerging black farmers lay fallow and unproductive.