South Africa parliament panel backs constitutional change on land | News


A parliamentary committee in South Africa has backed a recommendation to amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow for the new legislation to address racial disparities in ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid’s demise in 1994.

Its legislators on the Constitutional Review Committee, along with those of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters voted in favour of the proposed change on Thursday. The amendment was rejected by the main opposition Democratic Alliance.

“South Africans have spoken, loud and clear, and we listened to their cry,” Lewis Nzimande, co-chairperson of the committee, said in a statement.

“This has truly been a massive project. We have…

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