The African National Congress (ANC) and the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) have agreed to form a task team to implement outcomes of their recent dialogue on land expropriation without compensation. The meeting was held in Kempton Park and was deemed productive, fruitful and solutions-driven by both parties.
More than 100 members representing 9 provinces across the country ensured that their concerns and solutions to them found expression during the dialogue on Agricultural sector challenges. The engagement provided a platform for AFASA members to engage with ANC leadership on issues affecting black farmers namely, access to grazing land, support for emerging farmers and subsidy for black farmers.
The ANC said the meeting was part of an ongoing outreach to diverse sectors in the true spirit of the Thuma Mina campaign objectives. During the meeting, AFASA affirmed its support for the constitutional amendment to allow for Expropriation without Compensation, but also emphasized on clarification of targeted land, selection of beneficiaries, post-settlement support, and agrarian revolution.
AFASA further called for the immediate release of arable land already in the state asset register. They called for more government support for emerging farmers on subsidies, research, agri-marketing, and co-operation. Also, the organization made a call that government should ensure that selected land reform beneficiaries have access to water, finance, skills training as well as technical support. AFASA wanted the reevaluation and reorientation of extension services to emerging farmers, as well as an urgent intervention on land grabs targeted at black farmers.
“The ANC clarified and unpacked its resolve to expropriate land without compensation and that we will move to amend Section 25 of the RSA Constitution as the Expropriation Act will be found to be unconstitutional unless amended. We further clarified the conditions under which expropriation of land will be affected