Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN/PHILL MAGAKOE
Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN/PHILL MAGAKOE

The ANC says it will not nationalise land in SA.

Speaking at the opening of talks between the party and farming union AgriSA in Centurion on Friday‚ ANC election head Fikile Mbalula said land would be "de-monopolised" through a constitutional process.

"One thing that is not going to happen is to nationalise land. Land will be de-monopolised; it will be made to be constitutional…. What concerns us now are modalities and all other technical aspects of the matter. We are concerned about the entire value chain and are alive to it‚" Mbalula said.

"We are after a constructive resolution of the expropriation of land‚ which now will include noncompensation. Today‚ our role is to listen to concerns and lay any fears of economic and social mayhem away. We will never subscribe to land grabbing in SA. We are orderly and we are organised in what we do."

ANC national executive committee member Ronald Lamola‚ who was also present on the panel‚ said the government had failed the process of restitution.

"It is unsustainable for us to leave an emotive issue unattended… [Government] has failed the process of restitution… We have been very clear that because our economy is a mixed economy‚ we cannot afford the land only to be owned by the state‚" Lamola said.