Last week, as the National Assembly in South Africa agreed to set a date for whites to have their land taken away, proponents of the land grab exulted, with one politician gloating“Your time is up, white people.”
A motion from African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu to require the legislature to ensure a constitutional amendment to allow land expropriation without compensation was adopted, with 183 yea votes and 77 nay votes. The amendment would change section 25 of the constitution, which states that a “just and equitable” payment which reflects “an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected” must be offered for land.
The motion forces a deadline of March 31, 2019, to complete the work of writing the legal change and presenting it.
Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema argued land grabs should occur, declaring: “Your time is up, white people.” Themba Godi, from the African People’s Convention, echoed, “Land must be nationalized and socialized for the benefit of the people, especially the working class and women … those who oppose want the perpetuation of wrongs of past.”