Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 06 March 2017
Expropriation of land without compensation was the big political story in the papers this weekend, so I got stuck on the voices section of the City Press. The story at the bottom of the first page is Makhosini Nkosi, a PR specialist who focuses on the wizardry of the EFF juxtaposed with the lethargic ANC. This we witnessed in parliament last week Tuesday, when the EFF wanted to table a motion to have the constitution amended so that land could be expropriated without compensation. Where Makhosini loses me is when he makes light of the phenomenon that is “White Monopoly Capital”.
Cast your eyes to the story at the top of the same page and there is an article written by deputy minister of public service and administration Ayanda Dlodlo. Deputy Minister Dlodlo goes straight to the heart of the land question with the headline “The day we failed our people”. She painstakingly starts off with a bit of history on the ANC’s stance on the land issue from the year 1912 to the 2012 Mangaung national conference. It seems Ayanda Dlodlo is as confused as the rest of us as to why the ANC did not agree with the CIC Julius Malema on the constitutional amendment. Yes, it is obvious to all that the EFF may have been playing a political game on this issue but yet again Dlodlo reminds that caucus of the words spoken by previous leader Oliver Tambo on the approach to the truth – it doesn’t matter who the truth comes from, it must be faced nonetheless – this time, the truth was spoken by the EFF.
This line of thinking is depicted in the Sunday Times article, where Thabo Mokone and Babalwa Ndenze quote ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa agreeing with Deputy Minister Dlodlo that under the leadership of Jackson Mthembu, the ANC MPs should have supported the motion introduced by the EFF. Indeed, some faction of the ANC believes that section 25 of the constitution should be amended. The President himself told the national house of traditional leaders on Friday that “black political parties” needed to work together to secure the two thirds majority needed to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. I suppose, come June this year, at the ANC’s policy conference, we might get a clearer indication of what the official position of the ANC is.