Tuesday , April 20 2021

African farmers group believes land reform will build "inclusive economy"



The South African Association of African Farmers (Afasa) welcomed on Friday the joint approval of the Constitutional Review Committee for Thursday the amendment of the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation in the public interest.

Afasa President Neo Masithela said the committee's decision reflects the view of most South Africans that there was an urgent and accelerated need for agrarian reform to repair the injustices of the past.

"The organization believes that this process would help expedite the agrarian reform process, build a more inclusive and prosperous economy, and improve agricultural production and food security for all South Africans," Masithela said.

"Farmers were able to express themselves and their realities even within the limited time, and most agreed with the view that the Constitution, as it stands, is not explicit and can prevent the expropriation of land without compensation."

He said the farmers' association remained steadfast in its support for the expropriation of land without compensation and maintained that this should be done within the confines of the law.

On Thursday, deputies voted in favor of amending the constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

This was after the Constitutional Review Committee was tasked to examine the need to change the constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation.


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