In jeans and a hoodie Zandile Cewu shows photographs of her 100 or so head of cattle as she drives her pick-up truck along a muddy track in Eastern Cape. The farmer has ambitions for her 444ha property that grew from the plot her late father bought cheaply as part of a redistribution programme run by the ANC after apartheid fell. "I want to be a commercial farmer, even a stud breeder," said Cewu. "I don’t want to be a smallholder for the rest of my life." A parliamentary committee will re-examine a constitutional clause on land reform in the coming months, possibly amending it to allow expropriation without compensation. This would be a radical step aimed at tackling the racial economic divide and reflects the fact that land has become one of most contentious political issues in SA. "Land was the rock on which the ANC was founded," President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Financial Times. "What you now want to do is to unlock the utilisation of our land by spreading it among our people — ...

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