A referendum on whether the state should expropriate land without compensation could be on the cards. That’s if the pro-Jacob Zuma grouping has its way at the ANC policy conference. The proposal‚ which was first raised by the party’s biggest province in terms of membership numbers KwaZulu-Natal‚ is expected to dominate discussions on Sunday when the party discusses economic policies. Other Zuma backers‚ including ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini and North West ANC chairman Supra Mahumapelo‚ expressed support for the proposal. Zuma is empowered by the constitution to call for a referendum through an act of parliament. Should the meeting resolve that Zuma should call such a referendum‚ it would open the flood gates as lobby groups would exert pressure on the president to call a referendum on other contentious issues such as the death penalty. Dlamini said they would propose that the policy conference urge Zuma to call for a referendum to settle the land issue because the...

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