Black First Land First (BLF) wrote to President Zuma last year asking him not to sign into law the so-called Expropriation Bill. We indicated to the President that the Bill did not address the old and failed “willing buyer; willing seller” policy and asked him to return the Bill back to the National Assembly.
BLF welcomes the clear and unprecedented statement by President Zuma that the Bill has to give effect to “land expropriation without compensation”. Such a clear directive shall assist the drafters to accordingly align the Bill . It shall also avoid the pandering to land owners which has occurred since 1994. BLF however wishes to warn the President and the landless of the country that such a call cannot amount to a mere legalistic process within a constitutional dispensation that is governed by the compromises of 1994 which gives rise to constitutional sovereignty instead of parliamentary supremacy. To succeed a mass process must be embarked upon.
BLF is already mobilising society around a 1 million signatures petition based on the question: should backs buy back their land? The trend from responses received thus far shows a resounding No! This confirms popular support for land expropriation without compensation.
BLF calls on all political parties that agree that land must be returned without compensation to support the call by President Zuma. This is a national call that deserves the support of all of us.
BLF shall simultaneously while supporting the call for amendments to the Expropriation Bill, also embark on a process of land occupations in support of the call for land expropriation without compensation.
President Zuma must be commended for coming out clearly and unambiguously to call for “Land expropriation without compensation”. The land is ours!
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
25 February 2017
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