The suggestion that the ANC has shifted its “stance on land custodianship” risks deepening the naivety about the governing party’s real intentions (“ANC shifts stance on land custodianship to appease EFF”, June 21).

First, the party’s objective in amending the constitution is not land reform in the main, but rather the nationalisation of the financial services and private healthcare sectors. The ANC needs this to feed its cadre deployment networks, given their dependency on flagging tax revenues. Should it fail to pivot the financing of those networks onto the pools of capital that lie in pension funds and banks, the internal unity of the party will splinter further. Land is simply the thin end of the wedge to set the precedents that will allow such nationalisation...

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