It has come to Black First Land First’s (BLF) attention that parliament is systematically mismanaging the land expropriation without compensation process. In February, parliament agreed to undertake “public hearings” to hear the views of the people on whether land should be expropriated without compensation following an agreement between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC). The agreed deadline for the report on the hearings was August 2018, six months later.
BLF has continuously warned that both the ANC and EFF are not serious about amending the constitution to ensure land is given back to black people. We denounced the public hearings as nothing but a delay tactic. The hearings were not necessary because they were merely a process outside the official law making process. There is already national consensus on land expropriation without compensation and together the EFF and ANC have the required two thirds majority to amend the constitution. The two parties are refusing to use their collective majority to end black suffering.