The Constitution will have to be changed to allow for the restitution of land without compensation, President Jacob Zuma said Friday in his annual address to the National House of Traditional Leaders. Such a move would require the unity of black parties in Parliament, the president said, as amending the Constitution would require a two-thirds majority. Zuma insisted the government and the ruling ANC would want to ensure that land restitution was an orderly process and would not support “chaos and illegal land grabs”. The process of land reform would have to be undertaken in terms of the Constitution and the laws of the land. “We must use our majority to correct the wrongs within the law and within the Constitution. The time has come to unite and speak with one voice,” Zuma said. An audit of pre-colonial land ownership, use and occupation patterns would be undertaken and then a single law of land restitution without compensation should be developed. The necessary constitutional amend...

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