Deputy president David Mabuza is in the hot seat on land reform — particularly after the ANC, at its biannual lekgotla, decided to amend the constitution to make it more explicit about land expropriation without compensation. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month appointed Mabuza to chair an interministerial committee on land reform, tasked with political oversight and implementing cabinet decisions on land reform and antipoverty measures. The committee held its inaugural meeting on Friday, days after the ANC’s shock announcement that it had agreed to amend the constitution to "explicitly" allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. The announcement hit the rand and investors scrambled for clarity on what appeared to be a big shift in ANC land policy. The party has, since adopting "expropriation without compensation" at its national conference in December, taken a decidedly pragmatic approach to the matter. After a land summit in June the ANC emerged with the view that ...

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