It is highly likely that an amendment will be made to SA’s constitution that will allow for land expropriation without compensation following a decision to do so by governing party the ANC. But the government hasn’t got off to a good start in managing the process. It’s clear that narrow party political considerations are driving decisions and that the ANC’s political fortunes reign supreme. Principles and knowledge count for nothing in this game. This is clear from the way in which the ANC is mishandling the issue by flip-flopping with ease on matters of principle. Four recent developments illustrate this. The first relates to the process of public consultation. On March 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in Parliament that public consultations would be held so that citizens could have their say on the issue of land reform. But no sooner were the public hearings under way, than the president announced that in fact the ANC was preparing for a vote in parliament. This suggested t...

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