(National Sentinel) Institutional Racism: The South African parliament has voted in favor of a measure that will begin the process of amending the country’s constitution to make it possible to confiscate land owned by whites without compensation.
As reported by NewsAU, the motion was introduced Julius Malema, head of the radical Marxist opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters. The measure overwhelmingly passed on a vote of 241 to 83, the website noted.
Parties not supporting the motion included the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, Cope, and the African Christian Democratic Party.
The website noted further:
It was amended but supported by the ruling African National Congress and new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who made land expropriation a key pillar of his policy platform after taking over from ousted PM Jacob Zuma earlier this month.
“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
According to Bloomberg, a 2017 government audit found white people owned 72 percent of farmland in South Africa.
ANC deputy chief whip Dorries Eunice Dlakude noted the party “recognizes that the current policy instruments, including the willing-buyer-willing-seller policy and other provisions of Section 25 of the Constitution may be hindering effective land reform.”
“The ANC unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation. There is no doubt about it, land shall be expropriated without compensation,” added ANC rural affairs minister Gugile Nkwinti.
Democratic Alliance Party member Thandeka Mbabama said that though it was necessary to “right the wrongs” of the Apartheid past, stealing land from whites isn’t the answer.
“By arguing for expropriation without compensation, the ANC has been gifted the perfect scapegoat to explain away its own failure,” she said.
“Making this argument lets the ANC off the hook on the real impediments — corruption, bad policy and chronic underfunding. Expropriation without compensation would severely undermine the national economy, only hurting poor black people even further,” she added.
Pieter Groenewald, leader of the Freedom Front Plus that represents the white minority, asked about what would happen to the land after it was stolen. And he issued a warning.
“If you continue on this course, I can assure you there is going to be unforeseen consequences that is not in the interest of South Africa,” he said, according to NewsAU.
The website noted further that in 2016, Malema told supporters he was “not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now.”
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