The land reform programme must be guided by sound legal and economic principles, and must contribute to the country’s overall job creation and investment objectives, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday. The land issue has dominated political discourse in recent months, amid a new push for expropriation without compensation. The ANC agreed at its conference in December to push for amendments to the Constitution that will pave the way for the government to expropriate land without compensation — a move that observers say will spook investors. On Tuesday afternoon, the National Assembly was due to consider a draft resolution by EFF leader Julius Malema on expropriation of land without compensation. Speaking in Parliament to officially open the National House of Traditional Leaders, Ramaphosa said the land issue was critical, emotive and very sensitive. "Land dispossession is a defining feature of colonialism and apartheid in SA. Land hunger among black South Africans is genuine a...

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