Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says he supports land expropriation and redistribution, but he believes the Constitution in its current form is not an impediment to this. He sought to clarify his stand on the land issue after President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, praised his plans to expropriate buildings in the inner city for affordable accommodation. Ramaphosa said it proved the motion passed in Parliament, which set the constitutional review committee the task of determining how section 25 of the Constitution could be amended to allow for expropriation without compensation, was the correct one. However, Mashaba said Ramaphosa misrepresented the city’s position. He said he was in support of land restitution and land redistribution as those were efforts that sought to undo "the terrible legacy of forced land dispossession, which still reverberates in our society today through unequal spatial developments". However, he said this was the only thing he and ...

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