EXTRACT

The ANC’s two leading speakers on the issue, Ronald Lamola and Jeremy Cronin, had announced that the party would put forward test cases to see whether they can expropriate without compensation in cases where it was necessary. Nothing about amending the Constitution.

This narrative resonated with many: why fiddle with the Constitution when you can, if you passed the Expropriation Bill and the Land Restitution Bill, achieve exactly the same ends? Why introduce so much uncertainty into the system when, firstly, the culprit on the issue of land reform in SA was not the constitution but in fact the ANC’s own lack of political will, incompetence and corruption for the failures to implement what is already policy?

You really must visit Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu-Natal. Not only do they have fantastic weather, restaurants, hotels and the friendliest service staff, but when I was there on Friday you could count seven massive cranes across the skyline. Cranes are important because they have a good story to tell: new property developments are going up. Hotels, residential complexes, bank offices, retail spaces, restaurants are being built. In just a few years the entire place has been totally transformed. In another 10 years it will look like another city. Crucially, men and women are working on all these building projects. They get a wage, take it home, send their children to school and have dignity.On Thursday morning I was driving through Sandton in Gauteng. I saw the same thing. Massive buildings going up. The place has been totally transformed. The private sector has poured money into it – they want to be here, a place where deals are signed and money is made. People are working. So the polit...

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