South Africa’s ruling ANC party is pushing ahead with plans to allow land expropriation without compensation, the BBC reported, citing the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Even though South Africa passed a law allowing land expropriation in 2016, the ANC president president believes that the constitution should be "more explicit" on the issue.
"We call on all South Africans to work with us on developing a social compact for economic inclusion, economic growth and jobs for all," Ramaphosa emphasized.
The proposal reflects growing public anger about the slow pace of land reform in South Africa, where a few thousand white commercial farmers reportedly possess the lion’s share of the country’s fertile land.
Critics warn, however, that the proposed expropriations could leave arable land up for grabs, just like what happened earlier in Zimbabwe.
In March, South Africa’s parliament passed a motion tabled by theleft-wing party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that could lead to the seizure of land from white farmers without any financial recompense.
The governing African National Congress supported, but amended the motion, with President Cyril Ramaphosa vowing to speed up the transfer of land from white to black owners.