Apart from the election of the new party president and top six, the issue that dominated the ANC’s elective congress at Nasrec in December 2017 was the question of expropriation of land. Following what by all accounts was a heated deliberation, the ANC resolved to adopt a radical programme to fast-track land redistribution through "creating the legislative framework to pursue expropriation of land without compensation". The ANC’s party’s January 8 statement accordingly referred to a commitment to pursue the expropriation of land without compensation, albeit in a manner that "not only meets the constitutional requirement of redress, but also promotes economic development, agricultural production and food security". The political rationale behind the ANC’s move to champion a more radical programme of land redistribution is obvious: while there is no accurate data on land ownership and redistribution, 25 years into our SA’s democratic dispensation, it is painfully clear that land owner...

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