9 January 2018
Free State Agriculture (FSA) notes with disappointment the statements of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected leader of the ANC, regarding the expropriation of land without compensation.
FSA hoped that he would be more rational and thoughtful with his statements, but just as his predecessor, President Jacob Zuma, he makes statements and promises without taking into account the consequences, feasibility of implementation and damage that they may cause.
Regardless of statements made recently by the constitutional court where leaders and even parliament were addressed because they did not respect the constitution, Ramaphosa makes judgments contrary to what the constitution, which he has helped to write, determines.
The ANC itself rejected the motion for expropriation without compensation proposed by the EFF in 2017 in parliament. "Agriculture has always been in favour of land reform that is orderly and economically sustainable, and within the guidelines of the constitution," said Francois Wilken, president of Free State Agriculture.
FSA requests that Ramaphosa provide more clarity about how expropriation without compensation can be done without neglecting food security, economic growth and rising unemployment.
FSA remains committed to the constitution as the basis of any form of land reform and negotiation.