Carol Paton Writer at Large

When it comes to the land issue, President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised us: everything will be alright in the end. So, if things are not alright, then it’s not the end. And as the process to review the property clause of the constitution hurtles towards a messy and fractious finish this week, it has become very clear that this is not the end. After only three days of deliberation, parliament’s constitutional review committee will vote on Thursday and the ANC will drive home its majority position to recommend that the constitution be amended to make explicit expropriation of land without compensation. This decision was already made back on July 31 when Ramaphosa made his late-night address to the nation, to tell South Africans of the ANC’s decision taken by its national executive committee. In the committee there will be no room for consensus building or compromise. The division is already drawn on racial lines. Although the DA, COPE and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) ...

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