Solution to land crisis lies in the constitution
The constitution obliges the state to take reasonable measures ‘to enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis’
The ANC dances, as a recent headline has it; Gwede Mantashe wants to do something about the zama-zamas but doesn’t know quite what; the EFF still punts the failed old soviet model aided and abetted by the Marxist moles in government who have withheld title deeds from land reform and restitution beneficiaries for the past 20 years. And the private sector slams as sabotage of the constitution the ANC’s latest move to give the executive the power to determine compensation for expropriations.
Ironically, the ANC elder heading the parliamentary sub-committee has a doctorate in law and probably knows better but has decided to play along with the next act in the ANC factional charade. Both he and the private sector are no doubt hoping the national prosecuting authority will one day wake up and, like a fairy godmother, wave a wand and end the charade by putting villains behind bars. But even if that happens and the courts throw out the current bill (the 18th amendment to the constit...