South African lawmakers vote to speed up land reform

- | 6 months ago

South African lawmakers on Thursday voted to speed up land reform by establishing a committee that will propose constitutional changes to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

The ruling African National Congress has been under pressure to address the lingering inequities of the racist system of apartheid that ended 25 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa has sought to assure investors that land reform will unfold “in an orderly manner” and won’t include illegal seizures.

The long-awaited committee on one of South Africa’s most emotive issues is expected to propose the constitutional amendments by a March deadline, after which lawmakers will vote on them.

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