The South African Government are fast-tracking a change of law to make it legal for black South African to take land from white citizens, without any forms of compensation.
As soon as April next year white South Africans’ could be forced to give up their homes to black civilians after the National Assembly voted in favour of setting up a committee to amend the law.
The law is an amendment to section 25 of the Nations Constitution, if it falls through white south Africans could be left with nothing due to having to hand their homes and farmland over to black citizens.
Land continues to be a Major problem in South Africa where claims that racial inequality remains entrenched more than two decades after the end of apartheid.
The African National Congress (ANC), led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is pushing for the law change so they can distribute the land how they wish.
The establishment of a new committee to oversee the potential change in the law has been fast-tracked by South African politicians, with 183 MPs voting yes, 77 voting no and no abstentions last week.
The news comes as the country’s High Court rejected a legal challenge brought by a group representing white farmers against the plans for land expropriation without compensation.
As the law stands it currently reads that “just and equitable” payment which reflects “an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected” must be offered for land. Should the amendment pass this would be abolished.
Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen was furious the amendment is being pushed through without the correct procedure.
He said: “This is madness. The message it sends to the people of South Africa is ‘we don’t care what you say’.”