EFF vote on land central to changing constitution
The crucial question is whether the EFF will vote with the governing ANC over constitutional changes to expropriate land without compensation
The EFF election manifesto has land and jobs as its central focus, with the state as the custodian of all land in the country. The crucial question that the party has now outlined in its manifesto promises — unveiled in Soshanguve on Saturday — is whether the fledgling party will vote with the governing ANC over constitutional changes to expropriate land without compensation. The ANC’s stance on land is markedly different from that of the EFF. The party focuses on the security of land and other property ownership rights, and will allow expropriation of land without compensation only under strict circumstances. The EFF, on the other hand, has pushed for all land to be expropriated without compensation, and for it to be owned by the state. The constitution can only be changed with a two-thirds majority, which the ANC will not be able to achieve on its own, according to pollsters. The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has put the ANC’s likely votes haul at about 59%. The party would th...